By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia
Work is expected to begin soon on the new Franklin County EMS station in Lavonia.
At last week’s county commission meeting, county manager Billy Morse told the board the staff is currently putting the project together to open for construction bids.
“Our plan is to advertise the project in November and December with a bid opening on December 20th,” Morse said. “We would submit the bids for opening and consideration to the commission on January 7th. If all goes well, construction would begin in February of 2013 and the project would be completed in May of 2013.”
The new station will relocate the current Lavonia EMS staff from their location in a small, older concrete facility in downtown Lavonia to Gerrard Road in the Lavonia Industrial Park.
Franklin County emergency services director Terry Harris said last month the new building will give his staff a more central location from which to answer calls.
“This will give us a lot better facility than we are in now,” Harris said. “The building we’re in now is outdated. The new building will give us easy access to I-85, SR17 and the new hospital. So, it’s definitely going to be a plus.”
Morse said that’s one reason why the county staff is moving forward so quickly with the new construction. Morse said the new facility will offer more room and more room for future expansion.
“Our plans call for a building with two vehicle bays and four bedrooms, which would allow a second crew to be housed at the location, if needed in the future. The new building also calls for an attractive brick facade,” Morse explained.
Land for the new station on Gerrard Road was recently donated to the county by the Franklin County Industrial Building Authority.