A core drilling study for Overton County’s expansion of its ambulance service building has been completed.
County Executive Ben Danner said next step is for the county’s budget committee to open bids in April.
“Everybody right now is busier than they have ever been,” Danner said. “A building boom is going on everywhere, so that will be a factor that the budget committee will have to put into play to see not only the lowest bid, but who will be able to get started on it.”
Danner said the bid award will go to the county commission in May for approval. Danner said the 1,200 square foot addition and parking lot expansion will take about 10 months to complete.
“I would say it would be early next year before it gets done,” Danner said. “Winter construction can be a hard thing to do.”
Danner said the project will create extra sleeping quarters, make a centralized office and expand the meeting room. Danner said the addition will also allow all ambulance vehicles to be stored inside.
“2002 is when I think they opened the ambulance service,” Danner said. “We have several night crews that have to come in. Of course, they need sleeping quarters there, because they are on call all night. The meeting room there where they do training is not big enough to get everybody in, and it’s going to knock down a wall and make that room bigger and also make the office in the middle of the building.”
Danner said the parking lot will hopefully be large enough to land a helicopter at the building if needed.