NEW BUFFALO TOWNSHIP – During a special meeting Thursday, Sept. 10, the New Buffalo Township board awarded a $3.8 million in contracts for construction of its new public safety building. 

CPM is the general contractor. Other contracts were awarded to: earthwork and utilities — Gibson Lewis; roofing — Slatile Roofing; overhead doors — Industrial Doors; drywall and acoustical ceilings — Ritsema; tile and carpet — Midwest Tile and Interiors; paint — Stan's Painting; plumbing, mechanical, controls — Kalamazoo Mechanical; electrical - Buist Electric.

Jay Bachtel of Skillman will be the project manager who will be on site while construction is going on.

Groundbreaking ceremonies are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m., with construction scheduled to begin on Monday, Oct. 5.

The new building will be located on Hwy. 12 between Wilson and Lubke roads. It will house a three-bay fire station and two-bay police facility. Once completed, the township’s oldest firehouse, located next door, will be sold, according to Supervisor Michelle Heit.

Prior to the unanimous vote, Trustee Patty Iazzetto commented that she thought the selection of the metal roof was a good investment that would last a long time. Treasurer Jack Rogers was absent.

The board also purchased a 40- by 100-foot lot at 10270 Townline Road. to be used for parking for the township’s beach. The lot, purchased for $4,851 from Berrien County for back taxes, does have access to water and sewer but is considered unbuildable, according to Clerk Judy Zabicki.

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