During a special meeting of the Brazil Board of Public Works and Safety Wednesday, Clay City resident Daryl Andrews informed board members he is in the process of purchasing the former Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1127, located at 110 E. Jackson St., Brazil.
Andrews said he intends to renovate the building to allow TransCare -- or future ambulance services -- to utilize it as a hub for local operations.
"TransCare is currently stationed at St. Vincent Clay Hospital, which is planning to use the space for other means," Andrews said. "I have already tendered an offer for the former V.F.W. building, which would then be leased to TransCare, but we first need permission from the board to ingress (enter) and egress (leave) the building along Jackson Street."
He added renovations would include cutting down curbs and creating a driveway, while also lowering the floor of the building by two feet so it will be at ground level.
"Residents will still be able to utilize the sidewalk in front of the building," Andrews said. "The building itself will have a two-bay housing -- using the left and center garage doors -- and we will also provide living quarters to allow staffing at the building 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week."
When board members Bill Lovett and John Nelson inquired about the third door on the building, Andrews said there was a basement under the floor on that side of the building, but it could be built up to allow an efficient third ambulance bay should TransCare decide to house a third one in Brazil in the future.
Mayor Ann Bradshaw also suggested adding some signage or lighting to the building to allow for better notification to the surrounding area when TransCare is leaving for or returning from a run. Andrews said he believed it was a good idea and it could be worked into the renovation plans.
Both board members, along with City Attorney Bob Pell, agreed with Andrews in the thinking the move could be beneficial to the city.
"By moving into the old V.F.W. building, it would put TransCare in the center of the city's population," Pell said.
"It would also put them closer to the Senior Center and the Meridian Towers area which, with any luck, should provide quicker response times as well," Andrews added.
The motion to allow TransCare -- or future ambulance services -- to enter and leave the building along Jackson Street was approved unanimously.
Meanwhile, the board also approved a motion to roll over any unused compensatory (comp) time from 2009 to 2010, with the condition that all 2009 comp hours must be used by the end of 2010.
Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen said there were not many hours that would have to be rolled over, and the city had other options including buying out the comp time.
Lovett said he was in favor of rolling the time over to next year because street and utility employees could gain additional comp time at the end of each year depending on weather conditions.
The next meeting of the Brazil Board of Public Works and Safety will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, in the Council Chambers of City Hall.