Construction of new firehouse to begin in spring

Plans are underway and the construction of the new Bern Firehouse is set to begin this coming spring.

After receiving approval for a KanStep grant earlier this year, the committee for Bern Firehouse has been working with the project’s architect – Emily Koenig – to come up with a plan. According to Grant Administrator Garrett Nordstrom, the district plans to start construction in the spring of 2018.

“The architect and the district are putting together a plan of attack, but it is likely the district will not begin digging into the bulk of the project until spring,” Nordstrom said. “Starting a volunteer construction project in the winter might not be the best idea.”


According to Nordstrom, Nemaha County has signed the contracts as the responsible entity, which means the county is the grantee and applied on behalf of the fire district. Nordstrom also said that the project now has a release of funds.

“When the bills come in is when the county will receive payment from the grant,” Nordstrom said, when asked how the grant would be paid out.

Commissioner’s Meeting

Nordstrom also attended the Nemaha County Commissioners meeting Monday, Sept. 1, at which he presented a contract to the commissioners for administration services for the grant in an amount not to exceed $15,000. Chairman Tim Burdiek signed the contract as Nordstrom had presented it.

Burdiek also signed an agreement with Kansas Rural Water Association as presented. This agreement is for inspection services and technical assistance for the grant in an amount not to exceed $16,297.

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Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.


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