The construction and renovation project at the Dent County firehouse is progressing on schedule, but the cost would increase under a proposal presented to the Dent County Fire Protection District board of directors at its monthly meeting Sept. 30.

After Nick Cahill from Cahills Construction did a walk-around with the board, explaining progress and answering questions, he addressed the board with a proposal to repair the water damaged areas in the upstairs section.

Replacing the acoustic ceiling and insulation, repairing water-damaged studs and joists and painting and repairing the ceiling in the bay area would cost an estimated $205,000, he said. The board asked for breakdown of the cost before making a decision.

Chief Brad Nash reported the construction of the roof was scheduled to start Oct. 2. The parking lot is under construction and the front doors will be in about three weeks.

The budget was reviewed with an ending balance of $165,382.49.

October is Fire Prevention Month and the department will be busy. Due to the construction, events are being re-arranged as needed with school tours and events originally scheduled at the department.

The next board meeting is set for 6 p.m. Nov. 5 at the firehouse.