Wadena looking to expand fire hall

The Town of Wadena is looking for a contractor to design and build a new addition to the fire hall.

“The fire department has said for a number of years they’ve needed more room and would like this addition put on,” said Ferne Hebig, the town’s administrator. “The town has been putting money away for it over time so it’s come now to the point where we need to get a proper set of plans and everything done up and ready to go.”

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Tender documents for the project are asking for plans to be designed for a 36 by 71-foot expansion that includes dual front and rear bay doors to allow fire trucks to enter and leave without having to back up, an internal hydrant to fill up the tanker, storage and lockers for turnout gear, and upgrades to the existing roof structure.

Those interested in applying for the tender have to make a submission by Sept. 14. The town expects a shell and foundation for the addition completed by May 30, 2019 and for it to be substantially completed by Aug. 1, 2019.

New Dressing Rooms

Construction is about to begin on an addition to the local arena.

Four dressing rooms and a referee room will be added to the Wadena Recreation Centre.

“We just broke ground for the new addition of our rec centre,” Hebig said. “We’ll have piles coming in on the 27th.”

The project will cost approximately $1 million. The community has been fundraising for it over the past few years.

The community’s been asking for upgraded dressing rooms for a number of years,” Hebig said. “Our facility was built in the ’60s, so it needs updating and upgrading.”

Disruptions due to construction should be minimal, with the centre operating normally.

Water slide

The town’s also looking for a contractor to install stairs and a tower for a new 135-foot water slide.

It replaces a plastic slide that had no water flowing through it.

The hope is to have it installed in the fall or early spring.

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