The Williamstown Fire District is one of 16 municipal entities across the commonwealth that were awarded grants totaling $3 million to support projects in communities with populations below 7,000 or a population density of fewer than 500 people per square mile.
The five-person Prudential Committee that oversees the district voted last Monday to enter into a contract for design services on the new Main Street station. And the panel agreed to spend up to $14,000 to move an interior wall in the Water Street facility.
Wendy Penner of the town's Carbon Dioxide Lowering [COOL] Committee asked before the vote whether the Building Committee had solicited proposals from architects with an eye toward net-zero greenhouse gas construction.
In a narrow vote of the seven-member committee, the Mitchell/EDM group ranked slightly ahead of Cambridge's Galante Architecture Studio, the clear second favorite among four firms who responded to the district's request for proposals.
Building Committee Chair Elaine Neely on Wednesday reported to the Prudential Committee that her panel received nine responses to the request for qualifications issued by the district and conducted interviews with three finalists last week.