Mid-Mo Ambulance district amends budget

The 2013-14 budget of Mid-Mo Ambulance District was amended by the Mid-Mo Ambulance District Board of Directors for the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30. The actual expenses were $10,000 less than presented in October, bringing the reserve funds up by the same amount.

The November report of the balance of funds on hand was $508,048.87. Secretary Brenda West presented the board with writeoffs done in the office in the amount of $963.97. The board discussed accounts considered uncollectable in the amount of $16,797.74, voting to write them off.

According to Administrator Lee Kempf, one new ambulance is in the budget for this year. Since the Barnett base is now open full time, the district is in need of an additional ambulance. The budget does not allow for the purchase of two new ambulances. A 2006 GMC ambulance already owned by the district is in need of repairs which could easily cost $5,000. The chassis and box are in good shape. By replacing the engine in the vehicle, which has more than 280,000 miles on it, the ambulance could be put back on the front line for at least another 100,000 miles. After discussion, the board approved the $20,000 to replace the engine and retain the ambulance in the fleet.

Tentative plans were presented for the new California ambulance base. The possibility of lease-purchase construction of the base is under discussion with an interested individual.

Plans are to review the bids for the district's liability, casualty and property insurance at the December meeting. The board approved the district's Christmas dinner at the Farmer's & Sportsman's Club Saturday, Dec. 14.

Run statistics for October were presented: Tipton — 47 calls with 34 transports; California — 62 calls, 37 transports; Versailles — 148 calls, 100 transports; and Barnett — 40 calls, 31 transports. Total calls districtwide were 303 with 204 transports, for a transport rate on patient contact calls of 76.4 percent.

The next meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m.

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