Crews will begin moving dirt today
"This is a proud moment for Audrain Ambulance District," AAD Chairman Jo Ellen Craghead told the crowd gathered Monday evening for the ambulance district's official groundbreaking for its soon-to-be home place, near Kelly Parkway.
"The board members and staff are grateful for the support that been provided by the district's residents through their support of the tax initiate to fund the district in 2008. We began service on Oct. 1, 2009," Craghead said.
Following a brief introduction of board members — Doris Schutte (vice chair), Bill Friday (secretary), Paul Day (treasurer) and members Josh Biggers and Lewis Brooks — Craghead recognized the former board members present and paid respect to those deceased, Ted MacFarlane and Doris Kelly. MacFarlane's widow, Bev, was present. Kelly's husband, Jerry, was unable to attend.
Craghead also introduced AAD's interim administrator Kevin Cash.
Craghead said the district has spent the past several months working with architect Erik Miller to get to this point.
The general contractor is Verslues Construction Co., Inc.
Dennis Verslues was present at the groundbreaking.
Project Manager James Wieberg said crews will start moving dirt today, and anticipate May 2014 for completion, barring no major delays. Silt fencing marks the area where the new AAD station will be located.
"I was excited last week when Kevin texted me a picture when work began on the property. In the near future there will be a sign here on the property with a picture of the building. This building will house all operations of the district including an office, training, staff area and four bays for our ambulances," Craghead said. "This is a growing area of Mexico and I am glad we are able to build in this growing area."