Adams County Board accepts bids for new ambulance facility, jail site demolitions

A rendering shows the new Adams County Ambulance Service facility at 29th and Chestnut in Quincy.
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 10, 2017 10:05 pm Updated: Jan. 11, 2017 8:44 am

QUINCY -- The Adams County Board accepted a bid Tuesday night for construction of the new ambulance building at 29th and Chestnut.

Lavadiere Construction of Macomb beat out three other companies with its low bid of $1.448 million. An expedited project, bidders had to acknowledge a substantial completion date to be considered.

"The bids did come in below the $1.5 million, which is where we needed it to be," said Matt Obert, D-5, a member of the Ambulance Location Committee. "We still plan to work with the contractor to see if there is any way we can adjust the scope of the project to bring it down even lower, but the time frame is very short."

Obert hopes the building will be completed by June.

"It's all going to be dependent on Mother Nature," he said. "That's going to have a big impact on us."

Rather than the base estimate, an alternate bid that increases the building's length by 10 feet was approved. The additional space, Obert said, will improve efficiency in the vehicle bay area.

Obert said he doesn't think the project will raise taxes.

"We don't have a complete answer of how we plan on funding it, but the county does have enough clout and authority to issue bonds that we could pay off," he said. "We also want to refer this back to the Finance Committee to see if there are other funds available that could reduce the bond need."

Blessing Hospital has offered $125,000 toward the project, which Obert said will "help us get this thing kicked off and moving fast." The site of the new ambulance building was donated to the county by ADM.

The 6,300-square-foot building will feature a four-bay garage for three ambulances and a supervisor's vehicle, with living quarters for ambulance personnel. Two bays will face north, and two will face south. A drive around the building will allow ambulances to exit onto Chestnut, though there will be alley access to Lind if needed.

Klingner and Associates will oversee all construction to ensure it remains within the bid and meets specifications.

The County Board also accepted Blick's Construction's $677,112 bid for demolition of the five properties that must be razed for the new Adams County Jail. The anticipated completion date of the demolition is at the end of May. The Jail Exploratory Committee recommended the bid be accepted at its Monday night meeting.

County Board Chairman Les Post told the board that deals had been completed to turn ownership of the last of the five properties over to the county Tuesday afternoon.

Blick's Construction's additional bid of $120,558 to remove the former Adams County Youth Home was rejected. The board opted instead to have the company do asbestos removal, with county crews tearing down the structure to save money.