Bid deadline methods

Bid deadline methods for AuSable Forks firehouse

Work to refurbish the AuSable Forks Volunteer Fire Department station is poised to start.

We just recently headed out to bid on Phase 1 remodeling to the structure, said Lou Garso, chairman of the AuSable Forks Fire District Board of Commissioners.

The structure which was built as a schoolhouse in 1961 will see a brand-new standing-seam roof installed. There will be insulation included above the bathrooms, corridor and workplaces. With this being done, we must see an enhancement of the energy envelope of the structure, which currently allows heat to leave over the original flat roofing location.

Garso stated the work will likewise repair leakages in the roofing.


The task also consists of updating infrastructure and electrical capacity ahead of Phase 2, a proposed growth to the fire station at 29 School Lane in the Town of Jay.

The redesigns are moneyed by a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant award through the Town of Jay as part of the New York Rising flood mitigation program.

The station house in AuSable Forks offers tactical position for an emergency response command center during flood and other catastrophes due to its central location and its huge commercial-sized kitchen area, which is a designated American Red Cross center.

Stage 1 was authorized by Fire District voters last fall at a cost not to go beyond $450,000.

The task is expected to cost about $400,000.

The rate of interest was very good at 1.29 percent, Garso said of their Bond Anticipation Note.

"The length of the bond is one year and will be repaid through the grant proceeds.".


Improvement to the antiquated heating system will bring the building up to code specifications.

We prepare to deal with the heating system with the installation of an energy-efficient propane-fired boiler system and the addition of three energy efficient heaters in device bays one and 2, Garso stated.

The heater space will be enclosed and brought up to code. We likewise have five alternate items that we have requested bids on and we will attend to these products, cash allowing.

Those include: changing three fire station doors, including concrete aprons to the garage, adding overhead door jams, painting the truck bays, and painting the kitchen area window siding.


The Fire Commission held a pre-bid conference on the Phase 1 deal with March 23, with six contractors and two representatives from architectural firm AES Northeast there to discuss the project, answer questions and tour the building, Garso stated.

Bids are due by April 6.

The AuSable Forks Fire Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, to open the bids, which, Garso said, "will be evaluated by AES Northeast, and a composed suggestion will be made to the fire commissioners for their consideration on who to award the contracts to.

The meeting is open to the general public and all are welcome to go to, he stated.


With the start of redesigns this spring, he stated, the project is to be largely total by the end of July.

As we continue to move into Phase 2, we wish to have actually continued (community) assistance, help and ideas with the modernization and expansion of our fire station.

Redesigns will be paid for by the Fire District, Garso said.

And after that we apply to the Town of Jay for reimbursement from the CDBG Grant.

The task remained in preparing stages through winter season.

We are moving forward, which feels great, Garso said.


Financing for Phase 2 will not be sourced until Phase 1 is complete, the Fire Commission has actually said.

However the second portion of the general fire station renovation includes including about 3,000 square feet to the garage area and modifying existing space for decontamination, laundry and control rooms.

The addition would make use of part of the existing parking area beside the station, enabling adequate growth of the truck bays to house all the district's fire and rescue equipment.