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July 16, 2014

Whitley Fiscal Court agrees to purchase ambulance

WHITLEY COUNTY — Whitley County Fiscal Court approved a bid Tuesday for a new ambulance to be used by Whitley County Emergency Medical Services.

The bid for a Type III ambulance was awarded to Taylor Made out of Arkansas for $100,469. However, $40,000 from a coal severance project will be used to partially pay for the vehicle — leaving the court with just over $60,000 to pay.

The court heard from a Whitley County Emergency Medical Services Director Kelly Harrison before accepting the bid.

Harrison encouraged the court to purchase the Type III due to their larger interior. Harrison said the other ambulance up for bid, a Sprinter, was good for long distance transportation, but not for routine local runs.

“With the Sprinter we were thinking about just keeping it at the hospital to make transports up to Lexington. We would use it for local calls if we absolutely had to though,” Harrison said.

The court wanted to purchase a vehicle that would be the most beneficial, however, and not one that would sit at a hospital waiting to be used, as expressed by Magistrate David Myers.

Therefore, the decision was made by the court to purchase the Type III.

County Treasurer Jeffrey Gray told the court it could be 90 days or more before anyone is able to go pick up the ambulance. When it is ready, two EMS members will fly to Arkansas and drive the vehicle back to Whitley County.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting was acceptance of a resolution establishing the order of funds dispersed from a coal severance project.

Resolution 2014-06 prioritizes how the $175,000 will be spent.

“We were trying to find the most fair way to prioritize the groups to be funded,” said Whitley County Projects Director Amber Owens.

In connection to resolution 2014-06, the court passed resolution 2014-07 which would allow Whitley County Fiscal Court Judge-Executive Pat White Jr. to sign authorizations for coal severance project funds to be released.

In other court news:

—The court once again tabled a plan to have Whitley County Detention Center nurses working around the clock. The request from the detention center was to have nurses working 24 hours a day instead of the current 12 hours they do work, and for that contract to expire at the end of the calendar year.

The nurses would be paid from the jail’s canteen fund — but if those funds weren’t sufficient then the court would foot the bill.

Magistrate Robbie Brown asked for the discussion to be tabled until White spoke with jail officials about the specifics of the plan. Myers seconded Brown’s motion.

—The court agreed to let White sign a future contract permitting the county to hold a waste tire collection event.

The event will be near the Williamsburg-Whitley County Airport Aug. 21-23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tires collected will be recycled.

—Ordinance 2014-04 was passed by the court. The ordinance is Whitley County Fiscal Court Budget Amendment No. 1. The amendment was made to account for surplus revenues from the prior fiscal year.

—Settlements from the Whitley County treasurer and sheriff were approved.

—A report of annual salaries for Fiscal Court employees was approved. No pay changes were made, according to Gray.

—A request to transfer the road fund bank account was tabled at the request of Gray, who said he would like more time to explore all banking options.

—The concrete bid for Bethel Road Bridge construction was sold to Andy Raines Construction for $47,500. The court received two valid bids on the project and one bid that did not meet bid requirements.

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