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Village Board selects Fire Station No. 1 construction manager

By Press Times Staff

HOBART – The Village Board officially selected its construction management company for the construction of Fire Station No. 1 at the corner of South Pine Tree Road and Florist Drive at its Tuesday, May 7, board meeting.

The selection follows a months-long process with a request for proposal running from mid-February to early April.

Firm interviews took place in May by a committee consisting of Fire Chief Jerry Lancelle, a firefighter on the department’s management team, a board member and Village Administrator Aaron Kramer.

At the unanimous recommendation of the committee, the board approved the hiring of Bayland Buildings, Inc., to provide construction management services for the project.

Bayland was one of three applicants, with Immel Construction and Zeise Construction also submitting proposals.

Kramer said the proposed 18,200-square-foot fire station is estimated to cost between $3 to $4 million – with around $200,000 already set aside.

He said the fire station will be Hobart’s first large building project since it became a village 20 years ago.

Construction is estimated to begin spring 2023.

Special revenue fund
The board approved the creation of a special revenue fund for the purpose of accounting for funds, donations, grants and miscellaneous revenue received and expensed for the replacement of Fire Station No. 1.

These funds will be set aside, and cannot be used for the day-to-day operations and expenditures of the fire department.

Poll worker wage increase
The Village Board approved a wage increase for village poll workers – from $9 per hour to $11 per hour for election inspectors and from $9.50 per hour to $11.50 per hour for chief inspectors.

The recommendation for an increase came following a recent survey of poll worker wages from around the state.

Of the 56 municipalities that responded, staff found Hobart on the lower end of the scale – coming in as the fifth lowest in terms of election inspector pay.

The state average for election inspectors is $10.66 per hour; and $12.52 per hour for chief inspectors.

The change will go into effect Aug. 1.

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