By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • 

Dundee fire station behind schedule

The contractor is having crews work weekends in an effort to catch up. City Manager Rob Daykin said the city is now hoping for a mid-May move-in.

Weather caused some of the slowdown, but the bigger factor was delay in getting the structurally insulated panels chosen for the walls. Ironically, the so-called SIP panels were designed to save time because they eliminate the need for installation of stand-alone insulation.

“As it turned out, it took a really long time to get those SIP panels, so I don’t think we saved time,” Daykin said ruefully. “We are definitely behind schedule, and we’re having discussions with the contractor about that.”

As soon as the building is up, the department will begin moving in. Then the contractor will tear down the old station and clear the site for parking.

Daykin said the target range for completion of the entire project, including replacement of the aging station with a parking lot, is now late June to mid-July.

The city had intended to add a new public works building this year as well, but had to cancel the project when bids came in higher than expected, Daykin said.

The old public works building was torn down to make way for the fire station. In the meantime, public works crews have been storing equipment outdoors, under tarps. Daykin said the city is in the process of scaling back plans enough to make the project affordable, and hopes to start construction over the summer.

The city also is taking advantage of bypass construction to make improvements along Highway 99W, in a joint project with the state Department of Transportation.

In the phase one city portion of the project, sidewalks along the stretch of highway running through town will be updated. Water lines under the sidewalks will be replaced and utility conduit will be laid to facilitate taking utilities underground at some point.

The city hopes to have the work finished by the end of summer. ODOT’s portion includes sidewalks, crosswalks, median islands and decorative street lighting. Daykin hopes that work will be finished by the end of 2015.

The city is converting 50 feet of unused street right-of-way between Ione and Laurel streets to a long, linear park, with a trail component. It is considering the re-routing of storm drainage, enabling it to decommission another sewage lagoon and thus create new wildlife habitat.

One lagoon was decommissioned last year, Daykin said, and the city hopes to decommission another this year. If the city can line up enough grant money, it aims to convert the property into a nature park, he said.

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