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Billing issue delays fire station construction

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Construction has been delayed on a new fire station some Toledo residents were counting on.  It appears a cost over run of hundreds of thousands of dollars has sparked that delay.

Residents along Suder and Chase in north Toledo  were told a new fire station would be built by the summer but that’s not going to happen now.

Work crews have made progress; a foundation was built and footings are in place.

James Woods, who lives a block from the new station says, “We were looking at getting the station over here.”

But Tuesday,  no work and no progress.

Neighbors say its been like this for months.

Booker Washington told 13abc reporter Bill Hormann he has watched workers take out “machinery, bulldozers and things.”

The problem goes back to when soil samples were taken.

Those samples revealed a weak foundation…. and as crews they dug deeper… more problems that indicated the ground wasn’t solid enough to hold heavy fire trucks and buildings.

Councilwoman Lindsay Webb (D) isn’t sure why the worked performed by Midwest Contracting stopped or if work will continue.

Last week, council members were told the project had run over budget and that the fire department is “contesting some of the charges by Midwest.”

Councilwoman Webb isn’t sure if a billing spat has stopped this project but she says, “the safety of the residents in this neighborhood should not be compromised because of a disagreement between the city and the contractor.”

The cost overrun is $600,000 dollars; money that may have to come from the Capital Improvement budget.

But the fire department is committed to building the station.

Said Lt. Matt Hertzfeld with the Toledo Fire Department, “I think the best way to deal with it is patience and working together with folks to try to get it resolved.”

We called both the Collins administration and Midwest Contracting.

Midwest referred us to the owner and we have not heard back yet.

The finance director with the Collins administration says the fire station project will continue but George Sarantou did not know what arrangement was made concerning those “contested charges.”

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