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Two firms interested in designing renovated Follansbee fire station

FOLLANSBEE — Two engineering firms — Matyskiela and Grant of Wheeling and the Thrasher Group of Bridgeport, W.Va. — have expressed interest in planning the renovation of the city’s fire station.

At Monday’s Follansbee Council meeting, City Manager John DeStefano opened letters from each expressing their qualifications, including past projects, and interest in the project.

Mayor David Velegol Jr. said the two will be asked to make presentations to council at a date to be determined.

The city had advertised for an engineer to perform final designs for the work after Matyskiela and Grant completed a feasibility study for it.

Proposed additions to the station, which is near the intersection of Main and Allegheny streets, include three larger bays for the fire department’s vehicles, rooms for the repair and storage of turnout gear and medical and other equipment, a fitness room for all city employees and a 720-square-foot meeting room. Plans call for the station to be extended south onto an adjacent vacant lot.

The project was spurred by concerns about the current station’s deteriorating floor and the need for additional space for newer, larger fire vehicles.

In other business:

¯ Resident Art Quattrocchi asked city officials to investigate the crosswalks on Main Street (state Route 2) between the Follansbee American Legion. He said even after pressing the buttons, there’s not sufficient time to cross because of vehicles turning onto the street.

Third Ward Councilwoman Kathy Santoro said a button at another crosswalk doesn’t work.

¯ Fifth Ward Councilwoman Wendy DeAngelis raised concerns about runoff into Brothers Road near Archer Hill Road. She said the high water could cause vehicles to hydroplane or freeze in winter.

Because Archer Hill Road is a state road, DeStefano agreed to contact the state Division of Highways about the problem.

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