EMS Director Greg Miller told the Clinton County Commissioners Monday morning that the third ambulance will be ready to roll 24 hours as of May 1 which will give the county three such ambulances.
“Director Miller told us he has the schedule put out, shifts are open and we want to get that ambulance going May 1,” said Commissioners President Scott Shoemaker. “So, we will have three 24-hour ambulances for Clinton County starting May 1.”
The Commissioners also approved a lease agreement with Republic First National to purchase two ambulances at a cost of $310,000 to be spread out over three years.
“We’re always pinching pennies new ambulances because of the cost,” said Shoemaker.
In other news, the Commissioners heard a request from Paul Phillippe Executive Director Dawn Layton, who said the center needs about $31,000 to purchase three new buses this year. She added they are going to make a request for two more buses next year. Shoemaker told them to continue fundraising and come back in a month to see where things stand. Shoemaker added they will have to approach the Clinton County Council about getting the extra funds.
The Commissioners also approved the hiring of Butler, Fairman and Seufert as the engineering firm on the upcoming Bridge 36 project, which is located southwest of Mulberry. Clinton County Highway Superintendent Kevin Myers said the project would not start until 2021 or later. However, Shoemaker added this needs to be done in order to get funding.
The Commissioners accepted the resignation of Mike McLaughlin as their Weights and Measures Director effective June 30. McLaughlin, who has been in the position for five-and-a-half years, said the reason for his resignation is he has accepted a full time administrative position at Clinton Central.
The Commissioners also accepted the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.