The new Fire Station and Ambulance Building project and the funding drive took another great jump this week with a very generous $100,000 contribution from the Gladbrook Lincoln EMS. Their name will be the fifth named door at the new facility. Several other nice pledges have been received as well since the last article. We can report the project has contributions and pledges totaling over $950,000 toward the project. As can be seen at the site, the building pad has been constructed and the footings are being poured each day. The building itself is scheduled to arrive by the end of July, slightly ahead of schedule. Thru the design and bidding phase of the project, provisions for several potential building enhancements have been incorporated into the project including finishing the meeting room and restrooms, providing easier fill stations for the fire trucks, incorporating zoned heating for the building, adding a showering facility for fire and ambulance personnel after an emergency call and providing better control of the building lighting system for energy efficiencies. Based on the bids received and the contract approved, the project has the funding needed for the basic building, but the building steering committee would like to add these enhancements to the project that will be much more cost effective to add now rather than later. The building steering committee would also like to add more parking and an emergency generator for the new building. The generator would be located north of the new water tower and also be connected to the water tower so it can all function during a power outage. These enhancements have been added to the project as bid alternates. The total project with these enhancements is estimated at $1,100,000 so we still need approximately $150,000 to be able to complete everything in 2014. It is estimated that to incorporate these enhancements later would cost an additional $50,000 so there is great incentive to do them as part of the project in 2014. The community support for this project has been tremendous and raising over $950,000 since last June is amazing but it is the Gladbrook way of building community resources for future generations to utilize. Several individuals have said if you need more money, please just ask, so we are asking for your continued support. We are well on our way to develop another reason to live and invest in the Gladbrook Community. All donors will be recognized in the Gladbrook City Centre.
Pledge forms can still be picked up at Gladbrook City Hall. The project is accepting multiyear pledges with payments in December 2014 and January 2015. All contributions will go through the Gladbrook Community Foundation and are tax deductible. If you have any questions regarding the project contact any of the Gladbrook Firemen or Mayor Keith Sash.
Darrell Paustian, left, representing the Gladbrook-Lincoln Ambulance, presents a check to Justin Miller, right, representing Gladbrook Fire Department, for the Fire Station and Ambulance Building project.