Archive for Thursday, November 8, 2007

New EMS station in Leavenworth wins county’s OK

November 8, 2007

With architectural plans for a new Emergency Medical Services station now in place, county officials will begin seeking bids for the building's construction in late December.

Don Pruitt, an architect with Horst, Terrill & Karst, presented plans Thursday to the Leavenworth County Commission for the $1.16 million station.

The 8,480-square-foot building, which will be behind the Metropolitan Steakhouse at 16th Street and Metropolitan Avenue in Leavenworth, will house on-duty EMS personnel in four bedrooms and will feature four ambulance bays. Also included in the design is a 2,800-square-foot basement intended for storage.

Director Jamie Miller told the commission Thursday, "I think we came up with a very workable structure size-wise."

The facility will be made of stucco with stone columns and a heavyweight, asphalt shingle roof.

"We wanted to give it a civic presence but allow it to fit in with the neighboring residences," Pruitt said.

Included in the $1.16 million cost projections are approximately $848,000 for the building, $140,000 in site development, $49,000 for contingencies and $123,000 in soft costs, which include design fees, soil testing and legal fees.

Pruitt said bids for construction should be received by Jan. 30, 2008, and construction could begin as soon as February with a tentative move-in date set for Sept. 30.

In business Tuesday, the board:

  • Made revisions to draft job descriptions for a new county solid waste director and for a county administrator.

Commissioners agreed that candidates for the solid waste position, recently vacated by Debbie McRill, should have four years of supervisory experience in the field and should obtain all necessary certification within the first year on the job if not prior to being hired.

The job will be a level-10 position, with an annual salary range of $38,417 to $48,021.

As for the county administrator, commissioners adjusted the wording of several requirements for the job but tabled a resolution that would have actually created the job for further discussion.

  • Heard about Monday's U.S. Highway 24-40 Corridor Study meeting with Kansas Department of Transportation and city of Basehor officials, where access to Wolf Creek Junction near U.S. 24-40 and 155th Street was discussed.

Staff engineer Mickey Schwartzkopf said his understanding was that KDOT does not want to see any access -- not even a right-in, right-out access -- at 153rd Street as requested by a developer who has plans for a grocery store in Wolf Creek.

  • Discussed a letter sent to Public Works deputy director Mike Spickelmier from the Wyandotte County engineer requesting Leavenworth County's cooperation in funding improvements to the 142nd Street bridge that runs over Interstate 70.

Commissioner Dean Oroke said Wyandotte County's Unified Government has maintained 142nd Street -- the county line road -- since the 1980s when an agreement was made between Wyandotte County officials and the Kansas Turnpike Authority.

  • Received word from Community Corrections director Mikel Lovin that his department was awarded $34,142 grant funding from the Kansas Department of Corrections. The funds will be used for client services, which include drug and alcohol treatment, housing and job assistance, Lovin said.
  • Voted, 3-0, to accept the low bid of $23,819 from Kansas City, Mo.-based Lee Matthews Equipment to upgrade Sewer District No. 2's lift station after its motorized pump was damaged.
  • Met in executive session for 10 minutes to discuss potential litigation.

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