QUINCY -- Adams County took ownership Tuesday of the plot of land where the new ambulance station will be built.
The two-acre site at 29th and Chestnut was donated to the county by ADM. The 6,400-square-foot building will feature a four-bay garage for three ambulances and 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, and there will be alley access to Lind if needed.
Lavadiere Construction of Macomb in January won the bid for the project with a cost estimate of $1.448 million. Adams County Ambulance Board Chairman Todd Degitz, R-3, said plans call for the building to be ready for personnel and equipment to move in by June.
"We're working through some minor change orders, but at this point nothing strikes us as being off schedule," interim Ambulance Service Director John Simon said.
Simon told the Ambulance Board on Wednesday afternoon that last month was the busiest January ever for long-distance ambulance transports. On average, the county sees 30 long-distance transports from Quincy to other health care facilities such as in Springfield or St. Louis each month. In January, that number increased to 44.
"The entire population of the city of Quincy hasn't gotten bigger, but as the population ages, we continue to get more calls," Degitz said. "Services increase, and we have to spend more time out in the field."
Also Wednesday, the Ambulance Board reviewed and approved a job description for the director position. Simon said the description will be presented to the full county board for approval next month.
The Ambulance Service director vacancy comes after the January resignation of Paul Davis, who held the position for 101/2 years and was affiliated with the service for 21 years.