EMS station plans proceed

By BOB JOHNSON
Register City Editor

Area builders will provide Allen County commissioners with information about their qualifications before three or four are asked to propose how they would build a new ambulance station in Gas.
The qualifications are due in County Counselor Alan Weber’s office June 8. They will be reviewed when commissioners meet June 9.
Those asked to bid will be required to have detailed plans to Weber by June 22.
“We’ll then score the proposals on June 23,” Commission Chairman Dick Works said. “We may not make a decision that day, although we could.”
Contractors participating in the design-and-build plan for the structure will be given a general footprint and square footage. Commissioners said they want a building with a price tag not to exceed $200,000.
Meanwhile, commissioners haven’t settled altogether on a building in Gas to house county ambulances for response to calls outside Iola, Moran and Humboldt. They still have interest in a station that would have an emergency operations center attached, as well as a 911 emergency services dispatch center.
Commissioner Gary McIntosh said he had calls from constituents who wondered if LaHarpe Elementary School might fit the bill. Commissioners said they would consider whether it could be refitted to meet their needs. The LaHarpe building recently was shuttered as an elementary school by USD 257 board members as a cost-cutting measure.

BILL KING, director of Public Works, told commissioners work would start soon on four miles of Arizona Road, west of Savonburg. The thoroughfare is showing its age and will get a double application of chip-seal, King said.
Commissioners signed a contract with LaForge & Budd, Parsons, to complete dirt work on a new cell so its liner, also by LaForge & Budd, may be installed. The new cell is expected to meet county needs for another decade. It should be open by September.
“When we get the new cell open, we’ll be able to extend the peak of the current cell further to the west,” King said.
Spraying of dust-suppressing materials on county roads where adjacent landowners made arrangements will start June 22, King said.
Treasurer Sharon Utley told commissioners 95 percent of property taxes assessed for all local units of government last November had been collected. That’s $12,375,524.09 of $13,043,570.14. A year ago the figure was 93 percent.