Ambulance district accepting bids

Friday, March 16, 2012

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- As the Western Carroll County Ambulance District (WCCAD) gets closer to its bid opening date for the ambulance service contract, the district has so far mailed out bid packages to six providers requesting them, said Commissioner Chuck Olson at Tuesday's meeting.

He said he mailed them out Feb. 27.

"So far, no one has returned a bid," he said.

Interestingly, two bids came in from out of state, one from Florida and one from Colorado.

Olson said the Colorado provider had called him to request a bid after they had seen the posting online. A membership website serving the business community, www.onvia.com, reposts bid announcements from government organizations around the country, Olson said.

Bidders have until March 22 to get their proposals in to the county judge's office. Bids will be opened at the judge's office in Berryville on Friday, March 23, at 2 p.m.

The WCCAD board has scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday, March 28, at 3 p.m. at Cornerstone Bank in Holiday Island to review the bids, but commissioners are unlikely to vote to award at that meeting, said Chairman John Dolce. They may either schedule a special meeting or wait until the April regular meeting.

Commissioners again discussed the need for records storage. Currently WCCAD's records are housed at the Holiday Island Fire Department.

Olson said he spoke with Holiday Island Fire Chief and Justices of the Peace Jack Deaton and Dan Mumaugh about requesting county space for storage.

The request will be brought up at the next Quorum Court meeting.

"I've met a couple times with County Clerk Jamie Correia," Olson said, "and she is also in desperate need of more space, so it's not just us."

The board approved the treasurer's report. The current balance stands at $272,000.

There was no ambulance performance report from Eureka Springs, as Fire Chief Rhys Williams was not at the meeting.

WCCAD will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, April 17, at 4 p.m. at the Grassy Knob Community Center.

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