NECAC Holds Ground Breaking for New Facility
NECAC officials held a symbolic ground breaking for the new Ralls County Service Center on Main Street in New London at 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 12.
The building that housed the NECAC offices was gutted by a fire on October 21, 2015. Since the fire, Dr. Bridgeman, Ralls County Service Coordinator, and her assistant have had an office in the Ralls County Courthouse.
NECAC kept the original property after the burned building was demolished and purchased the property immediately south of that for the new facility. The total is $205,000 which includes $170,000 for construction, $30,000 for the demolition of the previous structure, and $5,000 for the purchase of the additional land. Insurance covered the cost of rebuilding. Hutson Construction of Cuba, Missouri, is the contractor.
Lyndon Bode, Chairman Board of Directors, said, “We’re pleased that we’re able to keep things going here in Ralls County. Ralls is a big county and to have our service center located in the county seat is a good thing.”
The facility will house the NECAC Ralls County Service Center and the administrative operations of the 41-county NECAC In-Home Health Services program. Three or four more employees will be in the New London office due to the addition of the In-Home Health Services.
Bode commented, “We’re glad to be invested back in Ralls County and New London. Our goal is to help people in their time of need, to get them back on their feet.” In reference to the process of temporary office space and general cooperation, Bode added, “The community has been great to work with.”
The foundation for the building was poured prior to the ground breaking. Completion of the new 2,160 square-foot facility is expected by September 1, 2017