Fire Station 5 will be constructed at the intersection of Mount Vernon Road and Spalding Drive in Sandy Springs, with its appearance resembling a residential building.

After what Sandy Springs Councilmember John Paulson called 10 years of anticipation and delay, City Council approved an $8 million bid to construct Fire Station 5 at 7800 Mount Vernon Road.

The bid was twice what was originally projected by Hussey Gay Bell, the city’s architectural consultant, for the construction costs.

“The world we live in there is always pricing escalation clauses for material prices going up,” Paulson said. “Is there a price de-escalation clause in this so if prices start to come down, can we take advantage of those?”

For the 10-month construction project staff does not anticipate the prices going down, said Dave Wells, director of Facilities/Capital Construction and Building Operations.

“All of our contractors right now they’re saying prices are still going up,” he said.

City Council also approved a staff proposal to transfer $2 million from its capital contingency to assist in funding the fire station at its Sept. 20 meeting.

“The remainder of the needed project funding up to an additional $2 million will be provided using a pay-as-you-go model to transfer from the city’s general fund,” Wells said.

The pay-as-you-go model allows semi-annual contributions of $500,000 over the next two fiscal years starting in 2023. The fund transfers could be accelerated at any time, he said.

“The bids are coming a lot higher than what we anticipated. So, we’ll have to husband our resources very carefully over some of these projects going forward,” Mayor Rusty Paul said.

Bob Pepalis

Bob Pepalis covers Sandy Springs for Reporter Newspapers.