Coon Rapids approves repairs to Fire Station 3

Needed repairs at one of the city of Coon Rapids’ three fire stations have been authorized by the Coon Rapids City Council.

The council has amended the 2012 budget to allocate $100,000 for the repairs at Fire Station 3.

The money will come from city’s facilities construction fund, which has a sufficient balance, according to Finance Director Sharon Legg.

The work was not anticipated when the 2012 budget was prepared and approved last year, Legg said.

There are moisture and humidity issues at the fire station because of water penetration through the building foundation, she said in a memo to the council.

Sheetrock and electrical outlets have been removed to prevent further damage, Legg wrote.

Permanent repairs will include excavation to the footings, installation of drain tile as well as waterproofing and insulation, according to Legg.

Sidewalks and other concrete surfaces will also have to be removed and replaced where necessary and driveways in need of repair will also be replaced, Legg said in her report.

“Interior finishes will be replaced,” she wrote.

According to Chief Building Official Doug Whitney, the repair work will permanently waterproof the foundation.

Water seeping into the foundation has been an ongoing problem at the fire station and has been exacerbated by the recent wet weather, Whitney said.

At the time the fire station was originally built in 1970, there were not the water resistant products on the market that there are today, he said.

In addition, mold has been removed from the fire station, Whitney said.

According to Fire Chief John Piper, now that the project financing has been authorized by the council, bids will be ordered and work is scheduled to begin in mid-August and take two weeks.

The moisture and humidity issues have not affected operations at the fire station and it will continue its normal functions during construction, Piper said.

Construction started on Fire Station 3, 2831 113th Ave. N.W., in February 1970 and it opened in September 1970.

The construction cost was $155,900.

A 3,000 square-foot addition was built on to the fire station in 1998 along with rehabilitation work at a cost of $805,000.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]