Supervisors trying to figure out where new ambulance service will be located

After tabling the subject of the county leasing or purchasing the assets of Washington County Ambulance, Inc. to be used by the new county ambulance service, the subject has been taken off the table altogether.

It was listed on the agenda for the Washington Board of Supervisors’ regular meeting on June 1. Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. reported that Washington County Ambulance Inc. is no longer interested in pursuing the agreement with the county. There was no further discussion on the matter. The new service begins July 1.

The board went into closed session at the end of the meeting to discuss real estate matters but took no action on anything. When asked what was discussed Seward was unable to comment since the meeting was held in closed session. When asked where the ambulance service would be located he said, “That’s what we’re trying to figure out.”

The supervisors reset the hiring date of all full-time employees of the ambulance service to June 30. They discussed holiday pay for the full-time employees compared to what they had been receiving when they worked for Washington Ambulance, Inc. After 30 days, county employees are eligible for holiday pay on nine holidays during the year. If they work during any of the nine holidays, they get paid for working those days. The supervisors decided to leave that policy in place so they would be treated as all other county employees.

Earlier in the meeting, Seward had suggested that the full-time employees’ hire date be reset to June 1 so that the new hires could be paid for the Fourth of July as they had been at Washington ambulance, Inc. but his idea did not result in a motion to approve the June 1 date. Later he made a motion to provide the new hires with July 4 holiday pay but the motion died for lack of a second.

Other Business

In other business the supervisors:

*Approved a lease agreement with the Sharon Telephone Company to place communications equipment on the company’s tower;

*Approved a lease agreement with the Wellman Cooperative Telephone Company to place communications equipment on the company’s tower;

*Approved resolutions related to a public highway easements from Elwyn and Rhonda Stutzman, James and Ruth Boller and Donald and Sandra Thompson in Lime Creek Township;

*Discussed the COVID-19 virus and

*Went into closed session to discuss purchase of real estate where premature disclosure could be reasonably expected to increase the price the governmental body would have to pay for the property.