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Rincon awards bid for new fire station
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Rincon City Council members approved a bid for the planned Blue Jay/McCall road fire station, granting the contract to Nicky Powell Construction on Monday night.

The winning bid was $91,806. Two general contractors bid the entire project, and three others bid on parts of the contract. City engineer Tim Baumgardner said most of the vendors to be used on the project will be local.

“He’s aware we want to use all local vendors,” Baumgardner said.

The city has a deal with Effingham County to build a fire station on five acres of land it bought late last year. Under the agreement’s terms, the city has to have the building ready to go by July 1.

“He’s going to hit the ground running,” Baumgardner said. “The biggest concern is the short schedule.”

Original estimates of the building cost were $120,000. The city could put in the septic tank needed for the station and also do the paving work needed to access the station from the road.

Council members also voted to annex the entire 66-acre tract off Blue Jay and McCall roads into the city, though it is not contiguous to the city limits.

Council members also approved the purchase of a UTV, or utility task vehicle, for the police department, awarding a bid of $16,648 to Dal Kawa Cycle Center. The base price is around $12,000, and the company will outfit the vehicle for the police department.

“It comes with all the bells and whistles,” Police Chief Phillip Scholl said.

Chief Scholl said the UTV will be of use during parades, events at Freedom Park and at Macomber Park. He added he planned to ask for one patrol car, along with a criminal investigation vehicle, this year.