The Mingo County Commission approved a bid proposal at the commissions regular session meeting Sept. 16, to purchase an ambulance to be placed on stand-by. The ambulance will be a backup, used only for emergency purposes and if another ambulance is unable or not close enough to take the call.
The need for a stand-by ambulance stems from availability issues of ambulances and the private corporations on the 911 call list providing those services, according to County Commissioner Greg Hootie Smith.
The county is well versed in the problems and troubles that come from ambulance services and providing the county with appropriate service, Smith said. You cant fault a corporation to try to stay in business by going for the guaranteed pay of patient transport, known as convalescent transport. We put requirements on STAT to have an ambulance on stand-by and its a statutory duty of this commission to make sure there are reasonable ambulance services provided to our citizens.
The proposed area of use for the countys stand-by ambulance will be on the Williamson side of Horsepen Mountain, where the need appears to be greater and the area of coverage larger.
Commissioner Smith made the motion for the bid proposal with Commission-er David Baisden seconding.
Vivian Livingood, mayor of Gilbert, attended the commission meeting to request funds for Gilberts yearly Trailfest festival to be held Oct. 8 to Oct. 12. The commission approved $2,500 for the festival.
Livingood also reminded the commission of a grant Gilbert had sought for the towns sidewalks of $192,000 with the state committing $20,000 which needed to be matched for the grant. The community had donated $10,000 and Livingood asked the commission to match the remaining $10,000. Com-missioner Smith said they would do what they could so Gilbert would not lose the grant and would appropriate the funds by the next county commission meeting.
Mingo County Grant Coordinator Leigh Ann Ray updated the commission with two projects that will be submitted to the West Virginia Courthouse Fac-ilities Improvement Autho-rity. Both projects deal with improving the elevators in the Memorial Building.
OTIS Elevators surveyed the interior elevator last week and the project will be intensive. They said nothing in that building is up to code, said Ray. Were going to run into a lot of situations in modernizing these elevators and we should look into it now while we can get grants for the improvements.
The projects would take approximately six weeks to complete and accommodations would be made during the improvements.
The commission also transferred the deed of a property near the Delorme Bible Church to the church to be used for parking and other church services; gave the Williamson Kiwanis Club $500 in its efforts to seal unsafe buildings, making them inaccessible; approved a multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan, and set the trick-or-treat date for Halloween in Mingo County for Thursday, Oct. 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The next Mingo County Commission meeting will be Oct. 7.