2018-04-15 / News

LCEMS considers future of Station One in Lapeer

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com


Lapeer County EMS estimates to demolish its Calhoun Street station in Lapeer and replace it with a new structure would cost between $200,000 and $225,000. 
Photo by Jeff Hogan Lapeer County EMS estimates to demolish its Calhoun Street station in Lapeer and replace it with a new structure would cost between $200,000 and $225,000. Photo by Jeff Hogan LAPEER — The Lapeer County EMS (LCEMS) station on the northeast corner of Calhoun and Genesee streets in Lapeer is getting a little long in the tooth.

Built as a pole barn in 1972, the 6,000-square-foot building known as Station One has been modified a number of times and now houses an ambulance crew and an active ambulance along with a back-up vehicle.

On Thursday (April 19) LCEMS’ board is expected to discuss whether the agency should remodel or replace the building.

“We thought we had a decision,” said LCEMS Executive Director Russ Adams, but the more they looked at renovations to the building, the more they began to wonder if replacing it might be a better option.

“We want to be good stewards of the millage,” Adams said.

The project started with replacing the building’s leaking roof at an estimated cost of $40,000. But, Adams said, by the time they added in widening garage doors to better accommodate modern ambulances, replacing windows and doors, new carpeting, exterior painting and other items, it pushed the projected tab to about $100,000.

Adams said he believes demolishing the old station and replacing it would cost between $200,000 and $225,000.

But that option comes with a host of other considerations. Renovating the building could be done this year, Adams said, but between design, permitting and contracting bidding, replacing the station would push the project into next year.

Along with deciding what to do with Station One, board members are expected to select a new operations manager.

The municipally-owned ambulance service has been without a full-time operations manager since January when then executive director Kieth Rumbold left to take a job with the Genesee County Medical Examiner’s Office as its administrative manager.

Since then Adams, who was the operations manager, and other LCEMS supervisors have been splitting the job duties.

Adams and the board’s three-member personnel committee narrowed the initial pool of applicants of 30 down to six for a preliminary interview and then narrowed that to a list of three, including an in-house candidate and one from the Saginaw Bay area and another from the Flint/Durand area.

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