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Greene County gears up for new EMS station

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SNOW HILL — Both land and a contractor have been acquired to construct a satellite county EMS station near Walstonburg.

The 2,800 square-foot metal-frame facility will be located on the corner of Holloman Road and N.C. 91, not far from Pie’s store on the opposite side of the highway.

The facility will consist of two ambulance bays, bedrooms, kitchen, living room and storage/laundry room, according to county manager Kyle DeHaven.

The construction contract was awarded to Barco Building Systems of Snow Hill at the Sept. 4 Greene County Board of Commissioners meeting. Barco is also building the new Jason Fire Department. Barco submitted the lowest bid of $410,499. Triangle Coastal LLC in Raleigh submitted a bid of $462,775.

“Both bids came in higher than anticipated and can be value-engineered to better meet the county’s cost expectation,” DeHaven said.

The bid includes a septic system, building and asphalt driveway. It did not include the one-acre lot, which the county already purchased from Reylea Farms at a cost of $25,000.

The capital project will be funded with a portion of $364,000 in surplus grant funds remaining from the construction of the Greene County Intermediate School.

The $42,000 needed to renovate the Greene County Senior Center also came from the surplus. The balance of $322,000 will go toward the satellite EMS facility.

“We will try to value-engineer (the project) down to that level,” DeHaven said, adding any remaining balance would come from the county’s unassigned fund balance.

Commissioner Jerry Jones made a motion to accept Barco’s bid, which vice chairman James Shackleford seconded. The measure passed unanimously.

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