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Lawrence EMS station plans progress

April 25, 2019 GMT

SOUTH POINT, Ohio — Projects to build two new Lawrence County Emergency Medical Services ambulance stations in the Pedro and Rome Township areas are moving forward, said Commissioner Freddie Hayes Jr.

Bids are scheduled to go out next week on a new ambulance district near Rock Hill school and the project could be let out to bid by the end of the month, officials said. If construction begins by June 1, the new ambulance station could be open and serving the public by the end of the year.

The initial bids came in over budget, so the project was rebid, officials said.

The county is in the process of acquiring a 1-acre section of the Lawrence County Fairgrounds in Rome Township for a combined $1.5 million ambulance station and senior center, Hayes said.

The property currently is owned by the Lawrence County Port Authority.

The project also includes new restrooms for the fairgrounds, he said. Once construction begins, construction could take about a year, he said. Officials hope to be able to begin construction this year.

“These things just take time,” Hayes said.

Commissioners also plan to head to Columbus, Ohio, this week to meet with state officials to discuss alternatives to incarceration. Common Pleas Judges Andy Ballard and Christen Finley and Municipal Court Judge Don Capper also could attend, said Commissioner DeAnna Holliday.

The county currently is limited to holding no more than 52 prisoners at the 47-year-old county jail in Ironton. The county spends more than $1 million to house prisoners in other Ohio jails. In other action, the board:

• Plans to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the NECCO building off U.S. 52 in the South Point area to discuss extending water service to residents in Fayette and Windsor townships.

• Hired Adam Myers, a custodian at the courthouse, as assistant dog warden.

• Promoted Caleb Dempsey from part-time emergency medical technician to part-time advanced emergency medical technician and approved a status change for Cody Bryant from full-time paramedic to part-time paramedic.