County commissioners heard a request from County Administrator Robert Presnell and Emergency Medical Service Director Tommy Baker concerning the possible purchase of the former Thomas Motor Cars lot east of Quincy as a facility to house the county’s ambulance service.
According to Presnell, the cost of construction of a new facility would be between $1.5 and $2 million.
There was an offer by property owner Capital City Bank, he explained, to sell the county the facility at a discounted rate and to help the county secure a state Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the purchase and upgrades that will be needed for EMS.
According to the agenda document, there is a $525,000 offer to sell by Capital City on the property.
EMS’s current location at 412 East Jefferson Street (the old county canning plant) has been outgrown, Baker said.
It was noted that the property, which is located a short distance from the Gadsden Memorial Campus, is on U.S. 90 (Blue Star Highway), an area that both Presnell and Baker would like to see the new facility located.
The agenda item before the board was for county staff to pursue options for securing a new EMS facility and funding for the facility through a CDBG grant.
The grant would be enough, Presnell stated, to pay for the purchase and renovations to the building with no out-of-pocket expenses to the county.
The board gave conceptual approval for the project and to seek the funding.
This issue will come back before the commission once funding is determined.