For the second time in as many weeks, Marysville city officials met under gray skies to break ground for construction of a new city building.

For the second time in as many weeks, Marysville city officials met under gray skies to break ground for construction of a new city building.

City administrator Terry Emery welcomed about 50 people to the Oct. 27 groundbreaking for Fire Station 271.

“Even though it’s rainy, it is a bright day in Marysville,” Mayor John Gore said. “This building is long overdue and needed for the city of Marysville.”

The new station at 16300 County Home Road will be just across the road from Navin Elementary School. Gore explained the land belonged to the county but county commissioners gave the city a fair price and the opportunity to start a new chapter in the city of Marysville’s city services.

“I’m excited about the direction our community is going in,” he said.

Voters approved a half-percent income tax increase from 2 to 2.5 percent in May 2010 to pay for a new police station, city services building and fire station. At the time, city officials said they were growing more concerned about having only one aging fire station and also about the railroad track impeding response time to a growing part of the city.

The new building is expected to decrease response times and allow for training space.

The station’s future was in jeopardy in September when Gore announced that bids for the fire station alone were coming in closer to $4 million than the projected cost of $3.1 million to $3.2 million. The city continued to look for a way to make the project work and earlier this month, Quandel Construction group from Westerville offered a bid for all three buildings that brought the total cost of construction under budget.

The projected cost of all three buildings, built and furnished, was $16.5 million, but with Quandel on board, Gore said the project should come in at about $16.1 million.

Speaking at the groundbreaking, Fire Chief Gary Johnson thanked the community for its support. “We have a commitment to the community,” he said. “This station’s going to go a long way toward maintaining excellence.”

Both the fire station and the new police and courts building will go up at the same time, but the fire station is expected to be completed first in the late summer of 2012. The new police and courts building, planned for the northeast corner of West Fifth Street and Raymond Road, will be done later in the year.

City Council President Nevin Taylor once again encouraged representatives of Quandel to complete the project on time “I’m looking forward to cleaning the porch come July — hint, hint. Get it done,” he said.

The city expects to hire as many as nine new firefighters after the new station opens in 2012.