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Town gets burned on sprinkler system cost

It appears as though the Town of Pulaski is going to be on its own when it comes to covering the cost of a portion of the train station rebuild.
Pulaski Town Manager John Hawley received a letter from the town’s insurance company Tuesday indicating insurance will not cover the cost of installing a sprinkler system in the building, despite the town’s contention it is a code requirement now.
Hawley said the company’s reason for denying coverage of the fire suppression system is based on occupancy capacity. He said the insurer doesn’t believe the station’s capacity will be sufficient to require the system under present building code requirements.
Town Building Inspector Tom Compton said town officials estimated the capacity of the building after reconstruction to be around 200 people.
According to Hawley, the insurance company contends a sprinkler system will not be required if the building’s occupancy is fewer than 300 people.
Plans also call for an increase in the number of toilets in the new building, but Hawley said insurance isn’t going to cover those upgrades either.
Prior to the November fire that gutted the structure, there were three separate one-toilet restrooms: one for men, one for women and one unisex.
Recently approved construction plans call for two handicap accessible restrooms with three toilets in the women’s and one toilet and a urinal in the men’s facility.
“They say (the building capacity) doesn’t justify” the additional toilets, Hawley told Pulaski Town Council Tuesday.
The company is willing to cover the cost of three one-toilet restrooms, but that’s all insurance will cover, he noted.
Although the town still has a opportunity to respond to the insurance company’s letter, Hawley said it appears council will have to decide soon whether it wants to proceed as planned and foot the bill for the restroom upgrades and fire suppression system.
Asked what time frame is involved in the decision, Hawley said no one wants to see the train station sit through another winter in the condition it is in presently.
“We want to have it under construction by this fall,” he said, noting that is becoming less possible every day. At present, he estimated it may be September before advertising for construction bids can take place. That would put receipt of bids around October and construction starting in November or December.
“A decision needs to be made pretty soon,” he added.
Hawley estimated the cost of a sprinkler system at $75,000 to $100,000. The bathroom upgrades could cost $25,000 to $30,000.
There was no sprinkler system in the building prior to the fire.

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Town gets burned on sprinkler system cost

It appears as though the Town of Pulaski is going to be on its own when it comes to covering the cost of a portion of the train station rebuild.
Pulaski Town Manager John Hawley received a letter from the town’s insurance company Tuesday indicating insurance will not cover the cost of installing a sprinkler system in the building, despite the town’s contention it is a code requirement now.
Hawley said the company’s reason for denying coverage of the fire suppression system is based on occupancy capacity. He said the insurer doesn’t believe the station’s capacity will be sufficient to require the system under present building code requirements.
Town Building Inspector Tom Compton said town officials estimated the capacity of the building after reconstruction to be around 200 people.
According to Hawley, the insurance company contends a sprinkler system will not be required if the building’s occupancy is fewer than 300 people.
Plans also call for an increase in the number of toilets in the new building, but Hawley said insurance isn’t going to cover those upgrades either.
Prior to the November fire that gutted the structure, there were three separate one-toilet restrooms: one for men, one for women and one unisex.
Recently approved construction plans call for two handicap accessible restrooms with three toilets in the women’s and one toilet and a urinal in the men’s facility.
“They say (the building capacity) doesn’t justify” the additional toilets, Hawley told Pulaski Town Council Tuesday.
The company is willing to cover the cost of three one-toilet restrooms, but that’s all insurance will cover, he noted.
Although the town still has a opportunity to respond to the insurance company’s letter, Hawley said it appears council will have to decide soon whether it wants to proceed as planned and foot the bill for the restroom upgrades and fire suppression system.
Asked what time frame is involved in the decision, Hawley said no one wants to see the train station sit through another winter in the condition it is in presently.
“We want to have it under construction by this fall,” he said, noting that is becoming less possible every day. At present, he estimated it may be September before advertising for construction bids can take place. That would put receipt of bids around October and construction starting in November or December.
“A decision needs to be made pretty soon,” he added.
Hawley estimated the cost of a sprinkler system at $75,000 to $100,000. The bathroom upgrades could cost $25,000 to $30,000.
There was no sprinkler system in the building prior to the fire.

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