Fraser is new home to Grand County EMS facility |

Fraser is new home to Grand County EMS facility

Tonya BinaSky-Hi Daily News

Grand County is buying property in Fraser for a new Grand County Emergency Medical Services location.The county purchased the office building formerly occupied by the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District on Eisenhower Drive, as well as a building directly behind it owned by the East Grand Fire Protection District.The Fraser EMS location is expected to reduce response times, providing better emergency services in the Fraser Valley, said EMS Chief Ray Jennings.Presently, EMS crew quarters are in separate locations from their response units: The ambulance is located in the old fire station, and the EMS crew occupies a condominium blocks away.Grand County paid $250,000 to the Town of Fraser for the former recreation district office building and $80,000 to East Grand Fire for the neighboring building. The county allocated another $25,000 for building improvements.The county had been “looking for quite some time” for a location in the Fraser Valley that would serve to improve services there, according to Grand County Commissioner James Newberry. The new location may save respondents as much as five minutes in getting to Fraser Valley emergencies, according to county officials.

Roll-offs at the Granby Landfill are still available for disposal of recyclables during landfill hours.Grand County budgeted $34,000 in 2010 to keep the Granby Landfill recycling center open until that landfill closes.The landfill – along with its accompanying free recycling – is destined to be closed this spring when The Trash Company takes over landfill duties with a new trash-transfer station in Granby.

James Newberry was sworn in as the Grand County Board of Commissioners new chairperson on Tuesday, taking the seat occupied throughout 2009 by former Chairperson Nancy Stuart.

Although moisture tests of the floor at the Grand County Judicial Building originally “came within specs,” the concrete floor has suffered significant cracking since its installation last year, according to the county’s contracted Project Manager Todd Ficken of F&D International.Upon meeting with the general contractor and subcontractor, Ficken told county commissioners that the concrete floor has “too much sealer capturing the moisture” from a prior repair of the same floor.”We don’t have a definitive explanation,” he said. However the proposed solution, he said, will be to grind the floor all the way back down to the concrete and reseal it. The project is proposed to take place during Martin Luther King weekend to avoid active court days.The upstairs concrete floor, which was sealed with three coats, is not having similar problems, Ficken said.