Harrison ambulance proposals presented

CADIZ – After months of deliberation by the Emergency Medical Services committee and the Harrison County commissioners, chairman Dale Norris was pleased to finally be holding the request for proposals from three ambulance services – Emergency Medical Transport Inc, Harrison Community Hospital and Smith Ambulance – at their meeting Wednesday.

The bid from Emergency Medical Transport proposal described a default primary coverage area which included Archer, Cadiz and Green townships as well as the northern third of Short Creek township, the eastern third of Nottingham and Stock townships and southern third of German township including the villages of Cadiz and Hopedale. Mutual Aid calls will be billed at $75 per call and all residents will be eligible for Life-Link prepaid subscriptions under the proposed terms.

Harrison Community Hospital submitted a proposal with a fee schedule based on call volume billing $279 per emergency medical service based on a monthly call volume of 72 to 88 calls per month. Any paramedic assist call would be assessed a fee of $175 per call. The hospital would provide back-up service for all of the townships in the county with the exception of Freeport, Monroe and Washington townships where alternate back-up service would be provided.

According to an addendum, the fee would drop to $203 per call at a volume of 110 calls or more per month with a maximum listed fee of $744 for a 30 call volume.

Norris stated that unfortunately Smith Ambulance noted in its response that after providing back up ambulance service to the western areas of the county that due to a primary commitment in Tuscarawas County they were declining to submit a bid. “At this time a proposal for backup service would not be in our best interest,” President Robert L. Smith wrote in their response letter. Smith ambulance added they will still provide transport service from the county line for a fee of $175.

All bids were for a one-year period and were tabled for full review by the board.

Norris thanked all three companies for their submissions,

“Ideally we would have liked to receive more bids,” added Norris. “But the commissioners will take this time to review these bids, and we should be able to resolve this issue at the next meeting.”

The board had previously approved a one-year contract with the county EMS services which continues with training programs for volunteer personnel in an effort to increase coverage for all areas of the county.

The annual bid opening for fuel, asphalt, hot mix and aggregates were also opened by Harrison County Engineer’s Office Business Service Officer Doug Crabtree. Bids were tabled for one week to be reviewed.

Crabtree also submitted two RUMA agreements with Blue Racer Midstream for pipeline construction. Agreement 31-14 for portions of CR 16, CR 38 and Industrial Park Road along with agreement 32-14 for portions of CR 45 and Lower Clear Fork Road were approved by the board.

Commissioners received a resolution supporting the “Count on Coal” campaign when they met with Ohio Director Doug Matheney. Matheny asked commissioners to approve and send copies of the resolution to Gov. John Kasich and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

The board promised to consider the lengthy resolution which asks for fairness in EPA regulations on coal fired power plants and suggests that the Ohio EPA take on enforcement of the new federal guidelines and do so in an economical fashion.

“Coal is not just critical to our region, it is an integral part of Harrison County’s culture and history,” said Commissioner Don Bethel. “On behalf of the citizens of our county, we express our strong support for coal and coal-fired electricity and recognize its importance for the economy, both locally and nationally.”

The board also met with David Watson, Director, Harrison County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA), and Common Pleas Juvenile-Probate Judge Matthew Puskarich submitted an amendment to the IV-D contract, previously ratified by the Board of County Commissioners. Resolution 9-14 was unanimously approved.

Palmer may be reached at mpalmer@timesleaderonline.com.