County OKs latest set of plans for EMS/Rural Fire building

By Jonathan Zweygardt
Hays Post – May 6, 2014

The EMS/Rural Fire building project is a step closer to beginning after the Ellis County Commission voted Monday to move forward with the latest set of plans.

Architect Brad Teeter from Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architecture met with the commission in a special meeting Monday afternoon to show the commission and county staff the latest round of changes. The commission has been working with staff for months after initial bids for the building came in well above estimates. The county’s building upgrade project is being funded through a sales tax passed by voters last spring.

One remaining issue is the need for a generator. It had been proposed the current generator at the Law Enforcement Center be used for the EMS/Rural Fire building, but if that generator stays, another will need to be purchased for the EMS/Rural Fire building.

“If we can’t move this one, or if we don’t have to move it, then we have to buy one,” said County Administrator Greg Sund. “Either way, we are buying one.”

Sund and Teeter said they will meet with Andy Pitts from Treanor Architects, the architect on the Ellis County courthouse, jail and Law Enforcement Center, and make a decision on the generator this week.

The commission also voted to add the snow and ice removal system in front of the overhead doors as a bid alternate. Teeter estimated just installing the system on the street side would cost between $30,000 and $40,000.

Teeter estimated it will take two weeks to finish the drawings. The project could be sent to bid by the third week in May.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

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