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Contractor sought for new Orland fire station



ORLAND — At its monthly meeting April 8, the Orland Fire Department Building Committee approved plans to advertise for building contractors to submit applications for consideration. The committee, established in 2020 by the town selectmen after an assessment of deficiencies in the current fire station, was granted $50,000 at the 2021 Town Meeting for further development of a preliminary conceptual design for a new structure.

The committee has explored potential new sites for the Fire Department and compared the costs and benefits associated with differing methods for construction. The committee recommended the station be built on town-owned land next to the transfer station. The town will work collaboratively with the winning company to complete the design and build the new station.

John Barlow, the chairman of the committee, commented, “This design/build process helps the town to reduce overall costs of such a substantial project. It also ensures that our fire department gets the modern building they need.”

A “Request for Qualifications” will be sent out to interested contractors. The committee will then review each proposal and recommend a contractor to the selectmen to finish the design process and develop a guaranteed maximum price. Once that price is established, the proposal will be submitted to voters at a special town meeting for approval. It is anticipated that the new fire station will be paid for from a mix of town reserves, bank mortgage and grants or other funds raised to support the station. While final costs have not been determined the preliminary estimates are in the range of $3.25 million.

“A project like this is a big deal for a small town like Orland,” Barlow said. “I’m sure people have questions. But I think the committee has done careful work in thinking through the best solution, and with costs going up, it’s time to act. Orland residents have always been willing to step up and support town projects when there is a genuine need like this.”

The committee will host a question-and-answer session on the process on Tuesday, April 26, at 6 p.m. at the Orland Community Center.

For further information, contact Barlow at [email protected].

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