2010-02-04 / Features

Bid process for Houghton Lake Ambulance to start soon

A new crew quarters for Houghton Lake Ambulance is in the works.

The Houghton Lake Ambulance Authority signed an agreement with Mid Michigan Health Park Dec. 9, 2009, to use a portion of Mid Michigan’s property for the next 50 years for a new 6,000-square foot facility.

The future building is to be located near Mid Michigan’s helipad, at the end of the lane between Mid Michigan and Big Boy.

The authority will begin advertising for bids Feb. 16 and the bids will be due March 1. Authority members met with engineers JBS Contracting, Inc., Mt. Pleasant, and the expected date of completion is Oct. 1. Plans call for four ambulance bays, offices, a training center and living quarters

Houghton Lake Ambulance’s current building, in ill repair, was originally constructed as a truck hydraulic repair facility. Lake Township acquired the property, located on M-55, in the late 1980’s.

In 2004, Lake Township joined with Roscommon Township to form the Houghton Lake Ambulance Authority. Voters in both townships approved a 1.69 ($1.69 per $1,000 taxable value) millage.

Secretary Dick Pastula said the board has accumulated “a fund balance sufficient enough to handle a modest construction project.” The estimated cost of construction is between $400,000 and $500,000. No new taxes will be required.

The Ambulance Authority has the option of adding another 50 years to the original lease. The annual payment will be $100.

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