Weatherford Democrat

March 8, 2014

Brock-area ambulance service a go

Hospital district hires firm to begin process of building ambulance station serving SW Parker County


Weatherford Democrat

— By CHRISTIN COYNE

BROCK – Moving past a flap between ESD No. 9, the Parker County Hospital District last week took another step toward building an ambulance station to serve Brock and other parts of western Parker County.

PCHD had been planning to place an ambulance station in the Brock area, but temporarily delayed those plans when it learned officials with ESD No. 9, a taxing entity responsible for providing fire and emergency services to southwest Parker County, was considering bringing in a competing ambulance service.

PCHD’s directors last week approved hiring Stuckey Architects at a cost of $14,300 to do civil engineering and other pre-construction project work.

“We need an architectural or engineering firm to draw some plans so these [construction companies] can bid apples to apples in what they are going to build,” PCHD CEO Randall Young said. “[They will] do a soil study, get a survey done, work with TxDOT so we can get an entrance onto those two roads, the Brock spur and [Farm-to-Market Road] 1189.”

Young said he called three engineering or architect firms, and Stuckey Architects and The Barron Companies submitted bids that were presented to the board of directors

The district asked for a bid covering the civil engineering part of the job, an erosion control study, assistance with the TxDOT drive approach approval, minimal landscape design, irrigation design and construction administration, according to Young, who said the TxDOT application process is complicated because the district wants to create a new drive between the roadways.

“There is a quite a price difference between the two [bids],” Young said.

Stuckey Architects proposed to do the project for $14,300, including a survey of the land.

A survey needs to be done, according to Young, who said the district has been using a rough plat, especially if the board wants to build a second building on the land to lease.

The Barron Companies submitted a bid totalling around $25,000, according to Young, who recommended the board go with Robert Stuckey, who would be subcontracting the project.

“We will still bring you the construction contract in here for you to look at and approve,” Young said. “That is not being done with this. This is somebody who should help us get the specs in place.”

Hiring someone to do the project is within the board’s budget, according to Young.

Board member Eric Floyd said that he was unclear after the last district board meeting whether ESD No. 9 was even on board with the project.

“They are,” Young said. “We had a subsequent meeting with two of their members. They went back and reported to [their] board. They’re excited about us coming.”

Within days of an article published in the Weatherford Democrat about the issue, representatives of the entities met and the Director of LifeCare received a positive written response from ESD No. 9, according to Young.

“I’m confident that we are wanted by a vast majority of citizens out there from the response I got and also from volunteers,” Young said. “We’re working to diffuse any tension between us.”

“As long as we are wanted,” Floyd said.

The five board members present unanimously approved hiring Stuckey Architects for the ambulance station project.