Auditor's recommendations for bids adopted by Mid-Mo
Originally published February 20, 2013 at 6 a.m., updated February 19, 2013 at 2 p.m.
The Mid-Mo Ambulance District Board of Directors approved a competitive bidding policy at the regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
The policy was presented by Administrator Lee Kempf and approved as written.
The district's auditor recommended the ambulance district have a competitive bidding policy in compliance with the state statutes even though the Revised Missouri Statutes (RSMo) do not apply to ambulance districts.
According to Missouri Attorney General Opinion No. 90-96, "Section 50.660, RSMo Supp. 1995, does not impose competitive bidding requirements on ambulance districts", however the opinion said the ambulance district directors are to "follow purchasing procedures which reflect prudence, caution and attention in the management of public assets under their control."
When introducing the proposal, Kempf explained to the board that even though the districts are exempt from the state's competitive bidding requirements, he "felt the district needs to follow the guidelines and restrictions presented in law." The proposal passed by unanimous vote.
Uncollectible accounts written off in the office, amounting to $370.43, were presented to the board. The uncollectible accounts, amounting to $11,891.42, were presented to the board. After review they were written off.
A bid for repair and maintenance work on a shed at the Versailles base was approved by the board. A skylight was missing and the galvanized roof was rusting. J&T Contracting, Eldon, will make repairs, clean, prime and paint the roof for $1,900.
In other business involving the same shed, Kempf reported a request from someone to store a motor home in it. The board discussed a monthly rent for the shed, as well as a a contract, a signed waiver and proof of insurance.
Run stats for January were presented: Tipton — 44 calls with 30 transports; California — 75 calls, 49 transports; Versailles — 138 calls, 90 transports; and Barnett — 11 calls, seven transports. Total calls district-wide were 268 with 176 transports, for a transport rates on patient contact calls of 73.9 percent.
In other business, Kempf informed the board of a request by an employee for an emergency withdrawal from his retirement. Since the situation qualified as an "unforeseeable emergency" by the IRS. It is Kempf's opinion that the withdrawal can be allowed as long as the employee supports the claim with documentation which can be kept on file.
The next meeting is set for Wednesday, March 13.