As of now, the Gadsden County Ambulance Service will be staying in the same location.
The county commissioners voted down a proposal to purchase the Thomas Motor Car location just east of Quincy during last week’s meeting.
County administrator Robert Presnell brought the issue before the commission following their request to look into the property as a potential new location for the ambulance service.
Currently the ambulances and crews are being housed in the former canning plant location at 412 East Jefferson Street in Quincy.
The proposal called for the new property to be purchased and refitted for the ambulance service under a Community Development Block Grant for $750,000.
Presnell stated the grant funding would cover the cost of purchase, renovations and furnishings of this facility to meet the needs of
EMS and the grant being considered would require no cash match from the county.
He added that estimates to build such a facility had been between $1- and $1.2-million.
“I just can’t see myself, in this time of year right now in Gadsden County, supporting the project,” Commissioner Eric Hinson said about the grant money and the money being spent on the building.
Chairman Doug Croley said it made good economic sense to use the grant money to buy and remodel the Thomas location.
Commissioner Brenda Holt asked Emergency Medical Services director Tommy Baker if the grant could be used to remodel a portion of the hospital not under contract with Capital Regional Medical Center, and was told yes it could.
Commissioner Sherry Taylor stated that the current hospital should be considered to house EMS. She said the county already owns the additional land next to the hospital as well.
Commissioner Gene Morgan made the motion to pursue the Thomas property and apply for the grant.
The motion failed with Holt, Hinson and Taylor voting against the issue. No other discussion was held concerning a new building for EMS.
In other business, the board approved a reduction in the administrative charges for fuel now in interlocal agreements with the
Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, City of Gretna and the City of Quincy.
The current 20 cents per gallon charge has generated approximately $40,000 annually.
After a lengthy debate the board changed the fee to five cents per gallon, which will generate about $10,000 annually.
Presnell said that historically, the cost for fuel site repairs has been $6,198 for 2011, $2,840 for 2012 and $4,067 for 2013.