Posted Online: Feb. 03, 2010, 8:26 pm

Business works on bid for new Silvis fire station

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By Seth Kabala, seth@sethkabala.com

SILVIS -- The city wants to use Point Builders to construct a new fire station.

Public safety chairman Ald. Jim Cramblett, 3rd Ward, told the council Point Builders, which built a new station for Colona, approached the city after learning the city wants to build a new station.

Mayor Bill Fox said Point Builders has experience in dealing with Federal Emergency Management Agency grants. He said Point Builders was given an initial budget of $1.2 million for the cost of the new station.

Point Builders now will develop a plan with the city's budget figure in mind. If they are successful in helping the city secure a federal grant, they will charge the city a fee; if unsuccessful, the city will owe them nothing.

Mayor Fox and city administrator Jim Grafton plan to travel to Washington for a lobbying trip on Feb. 10-12. The new fire station is a key item for which they are seeking funding. Mayor Fox said he plans to request $500,000 in FEMA grant funds to offset the cost of building the new station.

If Silvis successfully secures a federal grant, construction could begin on the new station this spring, Mayor Fox said.

Alderman will vote on a contract with Point Builders on Feb.16.

In other business, Mayor Fox announced that he's selected Thomas Conrad, a five-year Silvis resident and retired teacher, to replace former 4th Ward Ald. Dan Grafton, who left the council to become a police officer in Muscatine. Mayor Fox said Mr. Conrad will be sworn in at the Feb.16 meeting.