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Plum council moves forward with fire, EMS complex

| Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Plum Borough has assembled its design team for a new building to house a fire station and EMS base.

Council on Monday night voted to award contracts to: Boyd B. Anastas of Duquesne for $106,500 for architectural services; Fahringer, McCarty Grey Inc. of Monroeville for $83,500 for landscape architectural services; R.F. Mitall Associates of Plum for $70,000 for engineering services; Trans Associates of Robinson for $19,500 for traffic engineering services; and Massaro Construction Management Services of Pittsburgh for $44,500 for pre-construction services.

The project manager with Massaro will be paid $90 an hour, and the site manager will be paid $80 an hour when construction begins.

The design team, along with borough staff, is set to work with members of the Renton Volunteer Fire Department and Plum Emergency Medical Service on the specifics of a building that is set to be constructed on borough-owned property between Old Leechburg Road and Renton Road.

The building is expected to be designed with separate quarters for each entity.

“We are very excited,” Renton Volunteer Fire Department President Anita Maydak said in a telephone interview after the meeting. “It's really going to happen.”

The project is expected to be accomplished by refinancing a $7 million bond issue from 2010 that is expected to glean the borough about $1.6 million for the building.

The fire department and EMS are to be responsible for paying about half the $55,000 increased debt service cost.

The two groups also are to reimburse the borough for the cost of the building.

Council also voted to authorize the advertisement of the bond issue. Councilman Michael Dell, finance committee chairman, said he expects the issue to take place in the next 30 to 60 days.

“We are in a holding pattern until interest rates go down, hopefully,” Dell said.

Maydak said Renton is attempting to keep its portion of the building cost under $400,000.

Bob Moran, Plum EMS deputy director, said he, Director Tom Izydore and Greg Sahene, board of directors member, will be looking at ways to expand from the 2,000 square feet of space the base has at its current location in the borough building complex off New Texas Road.

Moran said the new base also will be designed to ensure all EMS vehicles are kept inside.

“Right now half the fleet sits outside,” Moran said.

Moran said the three also will be looking at growth for the future.

“We want to make sure we are prepared so that we don't have to put on an addition in future years,” Moran said.

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