Work on the new Cambridge Fire Station is moving along quickly and should be completed by the beginning of November. The new parking lot at the station will be paved this week as work continues to finish the inside of the building. Martin photo
CAMBRIDGE – Construction of the new Cambridge fire station in Jeffersonville is moving along on schedule. Work on the interior of the station and parking lot is scheduled to take place in the coming weeks and the town selectboard and general contractor expect the station to be operational and in use by the beginning of November.
“We would like to thank the taxpayers and our neighbors for being so cooperative and understanding during this process,” commented the Cambridge Selectboard members, “We also want to thank our general contractor Larry Ruggles from Ruggo, Inc. Construction Services as well as Tom Barden, who is the selectboard representative for the project.”
The old fire station, which was on the site of the current parking lot for the new station, was demolished on September 12. The removal of the old station also brought good news for the project, as only small amounts of contaminated soil were found under the old building. Between 4,000 and 5,000 yards of soil were removed from the lot and clean fill was brought in to replace it before work on the parking lot began.
Any and all contaminated soil found underneath the old station as well as that found under the new station during the early days of construction is being dealt with in an EPA approved manner. The contaminated soil has been placed on a plastic surface at a secure location and covered over. The soil will be monitored for the next five years by an approved environmental firm. The removal of the soil under the old station and the new fill that was brought in cost approximately $117,000, a sum which was covered by the funds that the voters approved for such expenses after the contaminated soil was found and removed on the rest of the lot.
Moving forward, the finishing touches will be put on the interior of the building while work will also continue on the new parking lot. The paving of the parking lot is scheduled to take place during the week of October 1 through October 5. The garage doors for the building should also be going up during the same time period. Other work still yet to be completed includes the finishing touches on the electrical system, as well as some painting and the installation of the flooring in the back portions of the building.
According to the Cambridge Selectboard the goal is to have the fire trucks, which are currently being stored at the town garage, and other equipment moved into the new station by the end of October. While the fire department will be operational at that point out of its new location, several small construction tasks are likely to continue into the first few weeks of November. However, according to David Vaughan, those tasks should not interfere with the operation of the department.
The original budget for the construction of the new fire station was $1,975,000, and an additional $250,000 was approved at a vote on June 5 by the voters in order to pay for the removal of all contaminated soils and the bringing in of clean fill to replace it. Other than the use of a portion of the $250,000 the construction project is on budget, and the selectboard has already begun the necessary process to receive at least partial reimbursement from the federal government for the removal of the contaminated fill.