Town Board OKs $4.2M DPW building

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Ryan Silvola/Beloit Daily News An early rendering shows the Town of Beloit's what a new Department of Public Works building might look like. Officials hope to break ground on the project within a month.

BELOIT - A $4.2 million bid for a new Town of Beloit public works building was approved during the Town of Beloit Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday.

The bid was awarded to Corporate Contractors Inc. (CCI) to build a new Department of Public Works (DPW) building next to the wastewater treatment plant on South Walters Road. Town Administrator Ian Haas said the town is hoping to get started with the project in the next month. The town began receiving bids for the project in early February.

"We haven't really upgraded facilities since the mid-1950s," Haas said.

He said the public works buildings were built to house the operations for the department in the 1950s and have outgrown the facilities.

"We've run out of space, and the buildings are debilitated and obsolete," Haas said.

Joe Rose, director of public works, said the town received six bids for the project. He estimates the project will be complete by the end of November.

He said the new building will have more storage space, room for a year's worth of salt, be available during emergency management times, have back-up generation and space to maintain the department's own vehicles.

He said the DPW doesn't have the needed space.

"It's hard to work on stuff if you have to move three pieces of equipment," Rose said.

A new DPW building has been discussed for the last 10 to 15 years and Rose is pleased the board is finally moving forward with the project.

"It's been an expensive process, but it only gets more expensive the longer we wait," Rose said. "It's time to move. It'll be a great asset for our community, and we look forward to continuing to serving our constituents in the best and most economically feasible way."

The board was originally slated to discuss and vote on the agreement for remodeling Fire Station Two and the police station, but Police Chief Ron Northrop said the contracts weren't ready to be approved by the board. The board will vote on the agreements at its March 19 meeting.

The work includes partial demolition and remodeling within the two buildings. Work on Fire Station Two, located next to the police station on Inman Parkway, will include, but is not necessarily limited to, asbestos abatement, removal of the boiler and chimney, roof replacement, bathroom renovations, living and sleeping area demolition and remodel, and replacing the ceiling tiles, doors, windows, lights and flooring.

The Town Board previously accepted a $14,897.00 bid from CCI for the remodel of the police department. This remodel includes two office areas and the prisoner processing area.

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