City: No flaws in condemned ambulance building
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Nov 29, 2013 | 5153 views | 3 3 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The American Medical Response ambulance station at 455 Beverly Place has been abandoned since last week. Caution tape from construction work on the street could be seen in front of the station Wednesday, Nov. 13.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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The former American Medical Response substation on Beverly Place was condemned by property owner Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, but city officials couldn’t find any structural deficiencies during a subsequent inspection.

Tracy Code Enforcement Manager Ana Contreras said code enforcement officer Jim Decker inspected 455 Beverly Place on Nov. 18 with the hospital’s maintenance supervisor and concluded that the building was in fair shape.

“According to our inspection, we did not find any structural deficiencies that would have prompted the city to order the building to be vacated,” she said. “He (Decker) came back and said structurally, the building was structurally sound, with some damage to the foundation and stucco that joined a separate building addition.”

AMR left the building after receiving a 90-day notice from Sutter Tracy the week of Nov. 11, according to AMR spokesman David Durand. The notice asked the ambulance company to move out because the building was unsafe to occupy.

Contreras said city officials would order a building vacated only if its condition threatened the safety of the occupants, which she said the inspector did not find.

A spokesman for Sutter Health, Craig Baize, wrote in an email to the Tracy Press on Monday, Nov. 25, that the initial problem involved a large tree that had grown too close to the building.

Baize wrote that a major windstorm had made the matter worse and that upon further inspection, it was “discovered that the tree had damaged the foundation, making the building unsafe for occupancy in its current state.”

“We notified AMR of the situation, and they agreed that it was not worth risking the safety of their staff or their equipment by remaining in the building,” he wrote. “They have made arrangements for posting their personnel and ambulances in other locations to meet their needs. We have some other options we are exploring to continue to provide AMR with accommodations near our campus.”

The chief executive officer of Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, David M. Thompson, referred all questions about the substation to Baize.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

 

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newtotracy
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November 29, 2013
so...Jim Decker doesn't find anything...and Jim Decker is VERY good at his job (sometimes in ways that really don't make it easy for us homeowners...but that's what his job is!)...and we're supposed to instead believe what a spokesman for the property owner says?

it doesn't work that way for ME...so it shouldn't work that way for anyone else. I'm sick of corporations getting special treatment...I have a business of my own and I don't get squat in special treatment...because I'm too small.

enough with the money rules the world sentiment...even AMR got screwed here! but moreover...we, the citizens, could have been harmed by our EMT service being out of a place to be...
bobrod
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December 02, 2013
You got it, "Special Rules for Special people" Big business, and Government, the rest of us are just subjects................
Tracygirlatheart
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November 29, 2013
Sutter making room for another parking lot or Dr.s office. For years and years they have benefited from having the Paramedics/EMTs so close. This is no longer a "community" hospital but a money making machine for Sutter. If they'll lie about the home being condemned, just imagine what they'll lie about when talking about your health!


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