Dexter Township discusses lease agreement with DAFD as substation project completion nears

It is now a matter of weeks until the Fire Sub-Station in Dexter Township will be completed according to the contractor, who says things are running on schedule. That means the station should be finished at the end of October.

Dexter Township Supervisor Harley Rider told the Township board at its September 15 meeting that, “There’s still some siding needed on one side, the concrete is all poured, and the plumbing is being worked on.”

Tom Arehart, Township representative for the Fire Sub-Station, offered an update as well noting, “Electricians and plumbers are on site, and the interior and utilities are pretty well advanced now.”

The board also discussed a lease agreement with the Dexter Area Fire Department. Rider is Dexter Township’s representative on a committee that has written a lease agreement with the DAFD. The committee also includes officials from Webster Township and the city of Dexter.

“This has to be in place before they occupy the new building,” said Rider.

In the latest draft, Dexter Township is responsible for lawn and landscape maintenance and snow removal as well as structural maintenance and replacing mechanical apparatus in the building that can’t be repaired.

The DAFD, the tenant, would be responsible for maintenance that includes HVAC, generator maintenance, and more.

Riley described it as a “friendly” lease.

“Dexter Township built the facility and it is in our interest to ensure that all major maintenance is performed as needed and with labor and materials that would ensure that the facility remains in good condition,” stated Rider.

The board is scheduled to take action on the Fire Sub-Station Lease at its October 20 meeting.

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