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Grey County gets land for new paramedic base for $150K

New ambulance base in Durham will be located on property where a new police station is being built

Grey County has reached an agreement with the Municipality of West Grey to pay $150,000 for land in Durham to be the home of a new ambulance base.

At its meeting on May 23, county council approved a staff report directing staff to finalize a purchase and sale agreement for land in Durham for the new paramedic/ambulance base. The land is located in Durham on County Road 4 and will also be the home of the new police station West Grey is building.

The deal was contingent on the county conducting a title search on the property, an environmental assessment and an agreement between West Grey and the county on servicing the property. The servicing agreement is currently being negotiated and Deputy CAO Randy Scherzer told council it would come back to the table for approval in the near future. The county’s share of the servicing cost is estimated at $200,000, the precise price will be known when West Grey receives tenders for the work.

Scherzer also said county staff are in the process of finalizing the final design for the paramedic station, which has an estimated cost of $3 million, and a design/build RFP for the construction of the base will advance in the coming weeks.

County councillors were supportive of moving ahead with the purchase. Owen Sound Mayor Ian Boddy asked if other county-owned properties in Durham had been considered for the ambulance base.

County staff said they had looked at numerous options.

“We looked at the various properties. This one stood out as the top choice,” said Scherzer.


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