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Wellens Farwell will build Enterrise City Hall, fire station

Work on airport lights set.
Kathleen Ellyn

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on June 12, 2018 2:13PM

The City of Enterprise has awarded construction company Wellens Farwell Inc. of Enterprise the $2.2 million contract to build a new city hall and fire hall.

The company expects to begin demolition of the original concrete block structure at the corner of E North Street and SE First Street within two weeks. The original halls suffered catastrophic fire damage in July 2017. The new hall will be a steel building.

The construction deadline is a year, with fire trucks back in city-owned bays by Jan. 15, 2019. The city is currently leasing space for fire equipment.

The new structure takes advantage of some extra square footage contained in a partial second story in the original buildings, adding it into the footprint of the new structure. As a result the new fire hall, which will measure 128x90-feet, will feature seven fire truck bays along East North Street.

The fire hall previously had two bays and a door entrance on the short end of the hall on SE First Street. Other improvements were also made to the kitchen, training room and other areas of the fire hall.

Visitors will enter the new 72x50-foot city hall from East North Street via double doors opening into a foyer off which ADA restrooms willl be available to visitors. Behind the front desk, city staff will have three private offices, a kitchen, mapping center and work center, public meeting room and storage area.

A slight bump in the road toward construction was discovered when a survey for the fire hall showed a measurement on the Northeast corner of the lot was off by three feet. This required the city approve a three-foot street vacation to square up the parcel and allow for proper setbacks on the fire hall.

The three-foot vacation will still allow a 12-foot sidewalk as required. Council approved the vacation June 11.

The city awarded Enterprise Electric the $145,438 contract to upgrade the lighting at the Enterprise Airport. An original bid had to be revised when the city discovered a $7,000 electrical regulator, not originally included, was required for the project. The city has the funds for the project in the budget in the capital improvement fund for the airport.

Wallowa County Grain Growers won the bid to supply fuel to the city, with bid of $3.02 per gallon for unleaded gas; $2.83 per gallon for low-sulphur diesel; $2.88 per gallon for dyed diesel for heating; and $3.08 per gallon for dyed kerosene heating fuel.


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