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Will the new Adams County ambulance station have a tornado shelter?

The new Adams County Ambulance Service station is being built on the south side of Chestnut between 28th and 30th streets and will feature a storm shelter. The $1.448 million project is expected to be completed by June. | H-W Photo/Matt Hopf
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 19, 2017 9:10 am

Here in Quincy, on Chestnut Street -- just off of 30th Street -- where they are building the new ambulance building, there is a large concrete room in the middle of the construction. Is this a tornado shelter or something else?

You're correct. The room will be used as a tornado shelter.

John Simon, interim director of the Adams County Ambulance Service, said the county requested an emergency shelter in the design when it sought proposals. The room will also serve as equipment storage.

"It's important in the design we include a safe room for our crews," Simon said. "If our responders are not protected, then it makes it difficult to respond."

The Adams County Board approved a $1.448 million bid from Laverdiere Construction of Macomb in January to build the new facility on a two-acre site on the south side of Chestnut between 28th and 30th streets.

The 6,400-square-foot building will include four garage bays for three ambulances and a supervisor's vehicle, and living quarters for ambulance personnel. Two bays will face north, and the others will face south. A drive around the building will allow ambulances to exit onto Chestnut, though there will be alley access to Lind if needed.

The property was donated to the county by ADM.

A portion of the project is being paid with a $125,000 contribution from Blessing Hospital and $459,000 from Ameren as part of fees paid to the county for construction of the Illinois Rivers Transmission Project line.

The county considered using money in its revolving loan fund to pay for the balance but learned in March that it wouldn't be an option. The County Board is seeking proposals to borrow up to $800,000 and pay off the loan over 10 years.

Simon said the work, which started Feb. 14, is on track to finish in time for crews to move in this June.

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