CRANBERRY TWP — The new Cranberry EMS building could take a giant step forward this week.
The township supervisors are expected to vote Thursday night on construction bids as well as service and lease agreements with Cranberry EMS, the township’s emergency medical service provider.
The EMS service now operates out of a building on Thomson Park Drive that it leases from UPMC Passavant. Because that building has become insufficient, the township plans to build a $1.6 million facility just north of the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Station on Route 19.
The supervisors are expected to vote next week on final land development approval for the 8,103-square-foot, two-story building that would include six ambulance bays.
The building also will have office space and living quarters, as well as a small recreation area for employees.
The building’s exterior would be similar in appearance to the fire station next door.
The supervisors also are slated to vote next week on contractors for the project. If approved, the successful bidder would be R.A. Glancy and Sons at $874,000.
Township planning officials also have made recommendations to award contracts for electrical, plumbing and mechanical contractors next week.
The supervisors will be asked to vote on two agreements with Cranberry EMS: the lease on the new building and the service agreement with the township.
Jeffrey Schueler, Cranberry’s public safety director, told the supervisors last week that the service agreement outlines performance expectations, and if Cranberry EMS fails to meet those requirements, the lease could be terminated.
But Schueler, who has been working at length with Cranberry EMS officials on the agreements, is confident the organization’s personnel will serve the township well.
“They’re proud of what they do, and have provided outstanding service,” Schueler said.
The service agreement, Schueler said, specifies a 90-second response to calls, proper maintenance of all vehicles, a monthly report to Schueler, participation in community and educational events, attendance at a monthly public safety meeting with the township, an annual budget given to township officials, and other provisions.
In return, the township will provide an annual fuel allotment, pay Cranberry EMS’s workers’ compensation insurance, and give the organization access to the township newsletter for promotion and event-publication purposes.
In the lease agreement, Cranberry EMS would pay $3,500 per month, plus a security deposit of the same amount. The lease would be renewed every five years for 15 years, then every year.
Township manager Jerry Andree said Cranberry EMS covers Cranberry Township, Seven Fields and parts of New Sewickley Township in Beaver County.