Ambulance building comes down
A crew with Ray Grisham Construction began demolition of the Ozark County Ambulance District building last week, board president Ray Peter told the Times Monday. The old building, which was condemned after hazardous mold was detected there in late 2015, was completely gone after two days. Peter said the ambulance district board doesn’t have a timeline yet on when the work on a new building will begin, but he believes it will be sometime this spring. The district signed paperwork in late November 2017 to secure a $300,000 loan to finance the construction of the new ambulance base on the site of the old building. The new 1,680-square-foot structure will include office space, sleeping rooms for ambulance personnel, two bathrooms and a conference room. It will be about half the size of the old building, “But that’s all we could afford,” Peters told the Times in November. The ambulance service is currently operating out of a three-bedroom mobile home set up directly behind the old building.