Canton approves architect plan for fire station

The Canton City Council voted 4-3 last week to hire an architect to design a new city-county fire station for the Laurel Canyon area of northwest Canton.

The council voted to hire Sutton Architectural Services at $57,700 to design the station to be built by the city, which will then be run by Cherokee County and provide coverage for both northwest Canton and adjacent county areas. That came after council members narrowly voted against awarding the project to an earlier low bidder.

The Council had gotten only two of the design-build construction bids in December, at drastically different prices. Council members then decided to accept neither bid and to seek an architect with experience in designing fire stations. A new wrinkle emerged during an early April council meeting, when City Manager Glenn Cummins said he was recommending the council accept earlier low-bidder Casteel Construction at $617,406.

Mayor Gene Hobgood cast the tie-breaker on both council votes.