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ESD No. 3 approves ambulance, tables monitor purchase
The Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 3 commissioners continue to prepare a budget with a projected income of $237,619 available. While the purchase of an ambulance was approved during the board’s Aug. 7 meeting, the purchase of two monitors was tabled due to the lack of funding available.
During the July meeting, Stockdale Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director David Rice was instructed to send a letter of intent for the purchase of a modular chassis for an ambulance. Rice presented data for a 2015 Dodge 3500 Frazer ambulance.
Commissioner Todd Lawson made a motion to finance, with a second by Commissioner Teri Wolff. Monthly payments for the $165,000 ambulance will be $2,964.10, or $35,569.20 annually. Interest is set at 2.98 percent for the five-year loan with Capital Government. Financing will begin after delivery of the ambulance in February or March.
The second capital expense, two Life Pak 15 monitors with a 48-month service contract, met opposition. Rice emphasized the need to have similar monitors on both ambulances for paramedics making calls. Also, a minimum purchase of $80,000 is needed to avoid an interest charge. The quote for the two monitors amounted to $97,359, with a five-year loan. Wolff, Lawson, and commissioners Carlos Salazar and Roger Click spoke in favor of the purchase of one monitor, due to the lack of funding. Rice was instructed to return to the board with the cost of purchasing one monitor.
The commissioners also:
•Approved an interlocal agreement contract for cooperative purchasing between HGAC Buy and the Wilson County ESD No. 3 to purchase the ambulance and other equipment.
•Received the ESD’s net taxable 2014 certified totals from the Wilson County Appraisal District of $319,380,911, or an increase of almost $1.8 million from last year.
•Will have Acting President Salazar and Assistant Treasurer Lawson update the needed signatures on the ESD No. 3 bank account, due to the resignations of President Lynn Ray Wolff and Treasurer Kirby Urrabazo.
•Postponed the election of officers due to the vacant seat formerly held by Urrabazo.
•Set the proposed ad valorem (property) tax rate at the current 8 cents per $100 of assessed property value.
The board tabled the following agenda items until further advisement with ESD attorney Ken Campbell of Burns, Anderson, Jury & Brenner LLP:
•Audits for the time period of January 2013 to July 2014. While the ESD received a waiver last year, Wolff said it is a requirement that an audit should have been completed by June 1. Click will ask how to proceed.
•The contract with Specialized Billing of Texas for EMS billing and collections
•The contract with Dr. Daryl C. Currier for services as medical director.
The ESD continues to merge its two entities -- ESD No. 3 and the Stockdale EMS -- with the legal name approved as Wilson County ESD No. 3. No “doing business as” was approved.
A special called meeting is set for Thursday, Aug. 21, at 5 p.m. to discuss the tabled agenda items.
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