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Wollaston working with new firm on firehall project

Plans for a new firehall in Wollaston Township are still a go, despite concerns about the project’s cost.

The municipality, south of Bancroft, issued a press release to say it’s working with a new engineering firm to administer the project, after the previous one resigned. 

The new firm, Greer Galloway, is working to find cost savings for the $3 million project, at the request of the newly-elected Wollaston council.

Mayor Michael Fuerth says the new council is concerned about the project’s costs, but has accepted that the deal signed last August, by the previous council, is legally binding.

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“The only thing this council wanted to change was to take some costs out of the contract,” he says. “We all realize we need a new firehall. But this is an extremely bloated contract for a 5,000 square foot firehall.” 

Fuerth also says he wants to clear up what he calls “disinformation” about the status of the project. 

“Some people still think this council is trying to stop this contract and that is not true,” he says. 

Fuerth, a councillor last term, is leading a council that’s completely different from the one elected in 2018.

The new fire hall may open up by November 2023 on Highway 620, near the Coe Hill post office. 

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