Plans approved for new emergency-services hub in Plum

| Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Plans for a new emergency-services building in Plum are moving forward.

The Plum Borough Planning Commission on Monday night recommended approval of a site plan for the building, which is set to house a new station for the Renton Volunteer Fire Department and a new base for Plum Emergency Medical Services off Renton Road at the borough property site.

Members also approved as part of the site plan an application extending Old Mine Road, which runs through the property site, to connect it with Old Leechburg Road.

The new building is going to be named in honor of the late Al Franci, a former Plum mayor who was a major proponent of a municipal ambulance service in Plum.

Franci, who was mayor from 1990 to 1997, died Nov. 22 at the age of 81.

Borough assistant manager Greg Bachy told commission members the 15,380-square-foot, one-story building will be constructed on 2 acres and is set to be located across Old Mine Road from the public-works site.

Bachy said the ambulance base and fire station will be separated by a wall for their separate activities.

“They will share no internal space,” Bachy said.

In addition to garage space, the building is set to have bunk rooms, locker rooms and storage areas.

“The EMS has oxygen and narcotic drugs,” Bachy said. “It is important to have a secure storage location.”

The building is set to have 41 parking spaces, according to George Anderson, an engineer with R.F. Mitall & Associates Inc. of Plum.

Also, storm water will be contained on the site in two bio-retention areas, said Jon P. Sweringen, a landscape architect with Fahringer, McCarty, Grey Inc. in Monroeville.

Bachy said signs placed on Renton and Old Leechburg roads will warn motorists that emergency vehicles could turn onto them from Old Mine.

Council is expected to consider the site plan application during its 7 p.m. meeting on March 11.

Bachy said pending council approval next month, as well as the nod from the state Department of Environmental Protection for two permits, borough officials are set to seek bids in April, award contracts in May and begin construction in June and July. The building is expected to be completed in six months.

The project is being paid for by refinancing a $7 million bond issue from 2010 that gleaned 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 last summer 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 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.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8753 or

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