Washington County ambulance department staff finalized

The staff of the new Washington County Ambulance Department was finalized Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Supervisors but the supervisors again delayed discussion on approving an asset purchase agreement with Washington County Ambulance, Inc., the current ambulance service provider.

Ambulance Director Jeremy Peck recommended that Angela Ballard be hired as a full-time billing coder at a wage of $20 an hour. He also recommended that the following people be hired as part-time EMT’s at a wage of $18.55 an hour: Craig Shetler; Elizabeth Duncan; Steven Ebersole; Bruce Murphy; Doug Sanders; Nicole Stout; Kasey Wieland and Conner Miller.

For several meetings, the asset purchase agreement has been on the supervisors’ agenda but has been tabled. Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. again reported that progress is being made on negotiations but the agreement is not yet ready to be presented to the board for approval. The new service is projected to be launched July 1.

Engineering Projects

The supervisors held a public hearing regarding amending the fiscal year 20 budget then voted to amend the budget to accept $900,000 in additional road use funds and to spend that money on secondary roads projects in the county.

A contract was awarded to lowest bidder DeLong Construction of Washington for grading and surfacing Spruce Avenue from 135th Street to Riverside Road with a bid of $232,142.50.

The supervisors also awarded a contract to lowest bidder Jones Construction of West Point for paving streets to Premier 1 of Washington with a bid of $1,616,077.77 with work to take place in 2021;

Other Business

In other business, the supervisors:

*Announced that next week’s meeting will be held on Monday at 9 a.m. rather than Tuesday which is election day;

*Approved spending $5,000 to proceed with a preliminary engineering report to prepare cost estimates for crossing signal system improvements at Dogwood Avenue in the southwest part of the county;

*Approved a credit change order from Racom in the amount of $1,960.95 related to the county’s communications center project;

*Approved a change order from Racom in the amount of $3,921 related to the county’s communications center project;

*Approved a change order in the amount of $7,000 to purchase extended warranties for generators related to the county’s communications center project and

*Discussed a COVID-19 update.