Posey’s EMS continues to be costly 1


Posey County may be in the market for a new ambulance. Emergency Medical Services Director Chuck Thompson discussed remounting costs with the commissioners during their meeting last Tuesday, February 4. A remount basically involves placing the current ambulance ‘box’ with a new engine and chassis. Thompson said he received a $98,000 quote – a price a little higher than he anticipated.
Commissioners agreed that if a remount costs that much, it may be wiser to just purchase a new ambulance. While weighing the pros and cons of purchasing a new ambulance or going ahead with a remount, Thompson stated it would take approximately two months to complete the remount work. That means, Posey County would be without one of its four ambulances.
Thompson reported there were a total of 2,378 runs and approximately $670,000 collected last year. Of that amount, 1,079 were in Mount Vernon; 466 were in New Harmony; 390 in Poseyville and 343 were in St. Phillips area.
The county is still weighing its options and is trying to be as savvy as possible with the funds. Commissioner Jim Alsop stated the county has been putting money aside for the purchase of a new ambulance and that they are just trying to search for the most cost-effective option for the county.
Steve Schenk’s request to purchase a 6,000 tank to hold the county’s total patch mix was approved. Schenk stated the purchase would save the county time and money by not having to make frequent trips to Boonville each week.
Approval of the Local Public Agency contract that involves the county-wide bridge inspection program was tabled. Schenk stated approval from the Indiana Department of Transportation is necessary before the commissioners can approved the contract. When approved, this two-year contract will cost $228,950.
Commissioners approved bonds for the Auditor and Recorder. A $30,000 bond was secured for Auditor Kyle Haney and a $15,000 bond was approved for Recorder Martha Breeze.
Jon Neufelder of the Purdue University Extension Services Office addressed the commissioners and informed them that the extension office’s annual meeting has been changed. Instead of holding the meeting in February, they will now be held in November. He also passed out information to the commissioners on the benefits of 4-H and how it can make a positive difference in children’s lives.
The next commissioner’s meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, February 18, at 9 a.m. in the Hovey House in Mount Vernon.


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  • Bryan Riordan

    I have to say I am not pleased at all by the headlines of this story. Again it brings bad light to an agency that this county needs, and needs badly! The headline doesn’t really tie into the story at all, it just simply blasts the agency in a bad light. EMS is one of the very few and maybe the only agency (and I might say there are only two if the Sheriff still brings in any cash at all)that actually recovers any of funds that it spends, it actually recovers a great deal of it’s costs, and yes every couple of years they have to buy a new ambulance to replace one of it’s aging units. And hats off to staff and director for shopping around and getting the best deal. I can say first hand they all do everything they can to save money, and they don’t buy the top of the line ambulance they get what they need and that’s it. If you compare our serivce to the others around, they are paid less, they work the worst schedule, the ambulances are not as nice or as large as those in other counties, and it’s clear that this newspaper is not behind the service at all. So next time an article is written and it includes EMS take a second and think about those EMS employees that spend 24 hours at a time at work, get out in the middle of the night, in terrible weather, are exposed to every illiness out there, and put in harms way countless times to take care of our county residents. And one other thing to think about a dump truck costs a lot more than an ambulance……I don’t see negative headlines about the county highway department continuing to be costly.