WINDSOR LOCKS – The Board of Selectmen is considering a revised plan for a new emergency medical services facility that would cost $ 3.8 million instead of the estimated $ 6.6 million proposed by the Public Safety Facilities Committee.
Everyone agrees the current 1,268-square-foot Windsor Locks Lions Club ambulance corps facility on Spring Street is inadequate, First Selectman J. Christopher Kervick said at a selectman’s meeting last week .
He said the Lions Club was unable to provide two fully staffed ambulances as the facility does not have adequate dormitories, bathrooms and showers.
However, Kervick said, the 9,784-square-foot Public Safety Facilities Committee’s proposed facility with a 40-seat training room, four 18-by-40-foot bays and 14-foot-wide doors is not maybe not careful. way for the city to proceed.
Kervick said that since the committee presented its recommendation to the selectmen, he and Selectman Paul Harrington have received feedback and believe there is a better way to get the installation done faster and more cheaply.
The plan Kervick and Harrington studied would be to pay $ 3.8 million in cash for a new facility at the public safety complex on Volunteer Drive, where the city already has a 9-bay garage.
Police and emergency management now use most of the bays, he said, but when police move to a new facility, they will evacuate the bays.
“Why not use them if possible and reduce the number?” ” He asked.
In addition, Kervick said that building the facility in the public safety complex would allow paramedics and firefighters to share the new 100-seat training room planned for the redesigned fire station.
This alternative proposal reduces the four bays to two and eliminates the need for a 40-seat training center.
Harrington said not only would this concept cost a lot less, it would also mean there would be no need to relocate staff during the 18-month construction period the committee plan would require.
Kervick said it will be a project the city will pay in cash to build. The money could come from a variety of sources, including the sale of the city’s cell phone tower lease and the use of the Rainy Day Fund.
Harrington advised letting the idea creep a bit and proposed that elected officials discuss it again at their next meeting on Tuesday, October 5.
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