Hospital board authorizes shelter-strength construction in EMS building
by Laura Camper
lcamper@annistonstar.com
May 24, 2013 | 6578 views |  0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With construction set to begin on the Cleburne County Emergency Medical Service headquarters building in Heflin, the Cleburne County Hospital Board increased the project budget by $15,000 Thursday.

The board, which manages EMS and the Cleburne County Nursing Home, approved construction of bedrooms in the building at its March meeting and allocated $22,500 toward the project. However, in light of the damage wrought by the Moore, Okla., tornado, Tracy Lambert, interim director of EMS and a board member, asked if the board would consider adding a storm shelter in the building.

“We’ve got to make sure our guys are protected,” Lambert said.

The original plans for the building included concrete walls for the bathrooms which would allow them to double as a storm shelter, Lambert said. Lambert said his cousin, Robby Brown, does poured-concrete construction and would donate his labor for the project. However the materials and the pump truck would add about $7,000 to the cost of the project, he said. In addition, there was more work that needed to be done to close in the bedrooms to shelter them from the truck exhaust, Lambert said. All the added work would increase the cost of the project to about $37,500, Lambert said.

“I’m trying to be extremely conservative on this,” Lambert said.

The board voted unanimously to increase the scope of the project. Construction is scheduled to begin next week, Lambert said.

In other business the board:

— Voted to purchase two ambulances. The low bidder was Florida-based Quality Emergency Vehicles with bids of $76,897 for a 2013 model and $77,802 for a 2014 model. Locally owned Buster Miles had submitted an incorrect bid. Buster Miles bid was for a box-type ambulance, while the board had requested bids for van-type ambulances.

However, the board members wanted to support a local business and they voted unanimously to accept the 2013 bid and to purchase from Buster Miles if the company came in with a lower bid.

Lambert said after the meeting that he had discovered that it could conflict with Alabama’s bid law to accept a late bid from Buster Miles. He said the board had no recourse but to go with Quality Emergency Vehicles.

— Unanimously accepted a bid from Emergency Services Insurance Program for property and casualty insurance for $17,130 for the year. The new coverage would start in June.

— Heard that the nursing home had changed its door lock codes and added a doorbell to the front door to alert staff to let them in.

Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.
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