Hilliard and Norwich Township are ready to solicit bids to remodel the Joint Safety Services Building, 5181 Northwest Parkway.

Hilliard and Norwich Township are ready to solicit bids to remodel the Joint Safety Services Building, 5181 Northwest Parkway.

It would be the second bid attempt for the project after initial bids were rejected earlier this year.

The Norwich Township trustees on Dec. 1 unanimously approved an amended agreement with the city of Hilliard for the renovations and improvements.

The revised estimate for the project is $526,142, Hilliard police Chief Bobby Fisher reported, with Hilliard's share at $366,395 and Norwich's share at $159,747.

Most of the renovations are being done to meet the needs of the police department, which shares the building with the Norwich Township Fire Department and other administrators.

"(The amounts) are based on the scope of the work. The majority of the work that is being done is for the police, so the police are assuming that cost (and) the township is assuming the cost of their side," said Doug Francis, director of communications and Internet technology for Hilliard.

Should the actual cost differ from the estimate, either greater or less than, the actual cost for police-related work and township-related work would be quantified and funded accordingly, Francis said.

The project includes building a "safe room" in the lobby of the police station where any threatened civilian can have refuge, Fisher said.

Camera systems also will be upgraded.

Hilliard City Council approved its part of the amended agreement Nov. 16.

Hilliard and Norwich Township officials agreed to postpone the project in July after bids exceeded the project architect's estimate.

The original estimate was $350,000, with Hilliard's share at $250,000 and Norwich's at $100,000. But after opening six bids, the lowest received was from Palmetto Construction Services at $446,077, including alternate projects, and was rejected.

Fisher previously said the project architect made errors in estimating the mechanical costs of projects.

In other business Dec. 1, the trustees named Robbie Thomas as the acting road superintendent for Norwich Township. He will have the "acting" title for a six-month evaluation period, according to township administrator Jamie Fisher.

Thomas, 31, has worked for Norwich Township for 71/2 years and is a 2003 graduate of Davidson High School.

Thomas will succeed Steve Montgomery, 58, who retired Dec. 1 after 34 years of service to Norwich Township.

"We appreciate all you've done for the township," Trustee Tim Roberts said.