Door County Board Authorizes Phase 3 of Ambulance Garage Project

It appears that there is support on the Door County Board to invest $2.7 million in the construction of a new central ambulance station in Sturgeon Bay, but several supervisors indicated they were leery to do so on property that is leased rather than owned. The board Tuesday agreed to authorize moving into phase three of the project, but made the action contingent upon negotiations between the county property committee and Ministry Door County Medical Center over a piece of land off Michigan Street. The hospital is willing to lease the parcel across from the Door County YMCA, but has balked at the prospect of selling it. The two sides will meet in July in an attempt to hammer out some sort of agreement. If approved, the next phases in the project will include the development of final drawings, firm cost estimates, the bidding process and construction. The current ambulance garage, on hospital property leased from and adjacent to Ministry Door County Medical Center, at 319 South 18th Avenue, is inadequate to meet the department’s needs in the areas of vehicle and equipment storage and personnel. The money to pay for the ambulance garage in Sturgeon Bay could come from the tax levy, the county’s fund balance, borrowing or some combination of all of those funding sources.

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