Bond County Board Approves Ambulance Purchase

In their meeting Tuesday night, the Bond County Board approved the purchase of a 2014 Chevy diesel ambulance for the Special Service District. The ambulance will be used by Bond County Emergency Medical Services at Greenville Regional Hospital. The cost of the ambulance is $134,725. The county could realize $3,000 in savings if they choose to trade in the ambulance being replaced. Prior to making that decision, they will contact area emergency service agencies to see if they could benefit from the ambulance.

Coroner Tony Brooks approached the board and explained that when the body of a deceased person is transported from a hospital or accident scene, the funeral home traditionally absorbs the cost of the use of an ambulance. However, in the case of a pending investigation, the body must be taken to the morgue for examination. Brook said his office has been absorbing that cost and inquired if it could be waived by the hospital. He said he had spoken with hospital officials who said the Special Service District agreement would have to be amended to save the county the $138 per transfer. State’s Attorney Chris Bauer said the window for amendments to the agreement had already closed for 2014 and wouldn’t open again for over a year.

The board approved the appointments of Tony Koonce, Tom Morgan, and Marshall Mollet to five year terms on the Public Building Commission. Mike Ennen was appointed to a term ending November 1, 2018 to replace Denny Ennen, and Carol Slatton was appointed to a term ending in 2016.

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