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The construction of a new Tomah Area Ambulance Service building was discussed at the Tomah City Council’s Committee of the the Whole meeting Monday, April 9.

The committee authorized the project to enter the design phase at the Nov. 14, 2017, meeting with the provision that it be brought back to the council for approval before construction.

The council voted to table approval for construction until the May council meeting to obtain more detailed information on the project.

City administrator Roger Gorius said the estimated cost for the new facility is between $2-2.9 million, and the ambulance service has about $1.25 million in its reserves to pay for the project. The city would have to borrow for the rest of the cost.

Before approval, Gorius said he wants a detailed assessment of the project to see if the building could be reduced in size or cost.

“I wouldn’t say significantly, but I think we can bring it down,” he said.

The worst that will happen from tabling the decision for another month or two is a delay in construction, Gorius said, but he doesn’t want to delay the project much more than that because construction costs would likely increase.

The new facility will be located on the site of the new Tomah Health complex on Gopher Avenue. The new hospital is expected to be open next year.

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