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Officials seek new home for EMS

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It appears the buildings at 412 East Jefferson Street in Quincy housing the county’s Emergency Medical Services are too small for their needs. That’s why County Administrator Robert Presnell and EMS Director Tommy Baker asked the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners for permission to seek a grant to facilitate the purchase of the old Thomas Motor Cars lot and buildings.

While permission was given to pursue a grant, Commissioner Brenda Holt suggested the search not be limited to the site suggested by Presnell and Baker.

Baker said it was almost common knowledge that Capital City Bank owned the former car dealership and wanted to sell it. 

“Without a Community Development Block Grant (CBDG grant) it would not be possible,” said Baker. The bank has promised to aid the county in securing the grant, if possible, to purchase the building.

The offer on the table is to sell the property for $525,000, and Baker said it could cost another $200,000 to renovate the structure. 

“It would be an ideal place for us because of its location to the hospital. The front part has office space and counter space and the entire back part is wide open for any kind of renovations we want,” Baker said. 

EMS moved into the current location in 1985. It had been a space that home canners used to can fruits and vegetables. Baker said the place has never been renovated properly, and while it has worked for years it has never been conducive for maximum working 

conditions.