Progress continues on the Pettis County Ambulance District’s upcoming Windsor station, which is slated to be operational in mid-February.
After signing a mutual aid agreement in December between PCAD and the Windsor Ambulance District, things are moving quickly to return an official ambulance service to Windsor residents for the first time since June in the next few weeks. The PCAD Board of Directors received an update on the project during Tuesday’s meeting.
PCAD closed on a residence at 111 Jackson St. in Windsor this week and work has begun to ready it for employee housing.
Projects on the house include replacing old carpeting, installing a security system and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and installing two doors on a bedroom and bathroom that currently do not have doors. Electrical work is also needed in the garage and outside.
“The electrical is an issue for several reasons,” said PCAD Administrator Mike Gardner. “… The garage was piecemealed together with little pieces of wire and they are wired together all the way around so it’s very dangerous. … The garage really needs to be rewired. There’s a shop in the back of the building and then there’s the garage, so what they’ve done is there’s electrical wires I could reach up and grab to go from one building to the next. So basically those need to be removed.”
Gardner said the wiring in the residence is not an issue, so employees can move in without waiting for electrical work, and for the time being electricity can be shut off in the garage to prevent any hazards until the work can be completed.
The board approved a bid for the lock/security systems — using the same company as PCAD headquarters so footage can be monitored in Sedalia and key fobs can be used at both locations — and they will approve an electricity bid at a later date once Gardner obtains additional bids, as requested by board members.
Gardner said immediate needs to make the home safe and livable would be addressed first and other projects, such as constructing a small room in the basement to house WAD records and replacing aging units in both bathrooms, would be happen later.
“We just needed some modernization and some safety upgrades,” Gardner said of the home. “… We’re going to have a really nice ambulance base there and it will work for a long time.”
PCAD will be reimbursed for expenses on creating the Windsor station by WAD. Gardner noted that he was keeping in contact with WAD Board Chairman Steve Galloway, who attended Tuesday’s meeting, regarding how they were spending money.
It is still undetermined where the ambulance will be housed. PCAD plans to build a garage to fit an ambulance, but until that time the unit may be housed either in the residence’s carport and kept heated or cooled depending on weather or in a neighboring garage that has been offered for temporary use.
PCAD radios are being reprogrammed to tune to both Pettis and Henry counties, and PCAD’s frequency has been installed at Henry County dispatch. PCAD is also working with the Windsor Four County Fire District on communication and how to respond to calls together.
It was noted by Gardner, board member Dave Clippert, and Galloway that they’ve heard mostly positive feedback about the Windsor station.
“I stopped at the senior center (in Windsor recently) … and I stayed in there for an hour talking to them about it. They’re excited they’re going to get blood pressure checks,” Gardner said. “It’s really cool. It’s exciting.”
“This is a new beginning for our community and they’re just really excited and supportive, 100 percent,” Galloway told the board.
“I have not heard much of anything from anybody against it,” Clippert added.
PCAD Board Chairman Greg Nehring gave a brief update on the status of PCAD’s state Route TT satellite site. Electricity has been turned on and the first foundation pour is expected within the next week.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.