Back to the drawing board for EMS barns


Local News

April 3, 2019 - 10:17 AM

There was a collective intake of breath Tuesday morning when Fort Scott-based architect Rick Zingre presented Allen County commissioners with the proposed cost for the scheduled ambulance stations in Humboldt and Moran.

With each building slated to cost the county a crisp $452,000 — as opposed to the anticipated $300,000 — commissioners sent Zingre back to the drawing board in search of a more digestible figure.

Zingre’s revised plan will entail a handful of cutbacks, and will be less ambitious overall — closer to the original 2,400-square-foot idea as opposed to the architect’s 3,000-square-foot upgrade — but the concession appeared to pass muster with Iola Fire Chief Tim Thyer and EMS director Mike Burnett, both of whom have been involved in the conception of the two ambulance barns and both of whom were at Tuesday’s meeting.

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