Negotiations are underway between the Town of Cedar Bluff, the Cedar Bluff Utilities Board and Cherokee EMS to bring a permanent location of Cherokee Emergency Medical Services to the town.
During the Utilities Board meeting on Tuesday, Danny Smith representing EMS was in attendance to discuss what the ambulance services plans were and what they were looking at on a long term basis.
Smith said that for the last year EMS has been operating out of a room at the Weiss Mart Motel – as the end of that lease nears they are now looking at acquiring the former property of the Utilities Board at the intersection of Spring Street & Old Highway 9 as a permanent home.
Smith went onto say that long term EMS will be looking at constructing a more permanent structure to replace the current mobile home that is in place, he did say that the present facility is sufficient for them to operate out of until that time.
Following a brief Executive Session by the board and offer was made to Cherokee EMS to purchase the property as a package deal in the amount of $20,000 with the Utility Board donating all the furnishings that are presently in the office building to EMS.
The decision is now in the hands of Board of Directors at Cherokee EMS to accept the offer and then for the city council to agree to rezone the property from residential to commercial, but at this time it certainly appears the Cedar Bluff will be home to its first ever Emergency Medical Services Station in downtown.
In other business – the Board agreed to accept an offer from the City Council to purchase a corner lot at Spring St. & Main St. from the Utilities Board for $7,500.