Technology trumps capital spending requests in Lancaster; proposed EMS facility drops to the bottom of the list

by Audrey Thomasson

LANCASTER—County planning commission members last week prioritized proposed capital spending requests of $4,145,750 for fiscal year 2018, which begins July 1. Replacement of computer software systems, school security grant matching funds, an emergency response vehicle and a school bus are on the needs list for the coming year.

The largest request of $3 million for a 10,317-square-foot Emergency Management Services (EMS) operations center, was ranked last on the list.

“I’ll be blunt. Why do we need that much space?” asked chairman Ty Brent.

“We don’t have any space now,” replied EMS chief Terry McGregor. Currently, the department is operating out of the former Family Maternity Center on Mary Ball Road in Brookvale.


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