A prebid meeting for those interested will be held this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. to begin the bid process, according to a public notice.
Bids will be opened on Nov. 29.
Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis said the project is being bid later than initially planned because of applying for the Federal Emergency Management Agency hazard mitigation grant.
“It has slowed it down because they had to wait for the final approval from FEMA,” Davis said.
The mayor said this delay should not have an effect on the overall completion date.
When the bids are opened the Bradley County Engineering Department will look for the lowest and best bid within the estimate to be suggested for approval.
“Hopefully we will have some good bids,” Davis said.
If a bid is recommended for approval, it would be presented to the Commission at its Dec. 3 meeting. The county has the right to reject all bids and rebid the projects at a later date.
The grants will provide approximately $1 million dollars for the project. The grant requires a local match which will come to about $50,000 per station for the county.
“What it does is put a safe room in each of these three communities,” Davis said.
The office and the living quarters for on-duty firemen will be built to withstand 250 mph winds. Each of the three stations with be patterned after a station on Tasso Road. However, the stations will look slightly different because of the storm shelter specifications, requiring parts of the buildings to be constructed with concrete and rebar.
“So far everything is on schedule,” Davis said.
Davis said the county is still looking to have the stations completed in April.
This would give the department two months to operate before the end of the fire contract with the city.
“It gives us some tome to work out any kinks ... before we start operating without the city (covering the fringe area),” Davis said.
BCFR will continue to work with the Cleveland Fire Department to provide mutual aid.
The locations for each of the new stations has been decided. One will be on Dalton Pike near the BCFR Training center (the old Waterville School location). One will be on Georgetown Road next to Hopewell Elementary school. The Bradley County Fire board has made the Minnis Road station near Highway 64 a priority to be completed first.