Commission holds on 911 bid

Published 10:05 pm Monday, December 8, 2008

The Pike County Commissioners still haven’t decided who their pick is for the county ambulance provider.

Bids were made last week by Care, the current ambulance provider, and Haynes, who was the ambulance provider before losing the contract to Care in 2005. Government agencies have until Friday to award a new contract, as that is when the current contract expires.

Commissioners on Monday said they needed more time to study the bids, and they agreed to recess their Monday meeting until Friday at noon. The new contract will take effect at midnight the following day, Dec. 13.

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The commission’s next meeting will be after the city councils from Troy and Brundidge convene Tuesday to decide who they will choose for ambulance provider for Pike County.

Whomever is awarded the bid will be under contract with the three primary governments in Pike County.

All three entities — Troy, Brundidge and the county commission — have to approve the service for the contract to be valid.

County Attorney Allen Jones said the commission did not make a decision Monday because members needed more information and time to review.

“We just needed more time to study it,” Jones said.

In the meeting, some commissioners expressed concern about approving a contract before they knew for certain how Troy and Brundidge would vote.

“We’ve spoken to them on the phone, but we don’t have anything in writing,” said District 4 Commissioner Ray Goodson.

Troy City Council will meet at 5 p.m. today for its regular meeting, and Brundidge will meet at 4 p.m., after having recessed their regular meeting last week, to discuss ambulance bids.

Also in their meeting, the commissioners approved the relocation of the county Emergency Management Agency office to the old Brantley building, which was once occupied by the drug task force.

This was approved at the request of Goodson, who notified the other commissioners the contract for the current building will be up for renewal soon.

Chairman Robin Sullivan said moving the building will be a wise move for the commission to make.

“This would put use to one of our buildings that we already own and keep it from dilapidating,” Sullivan said.

The commission also agreed to reschedule its next meeting to Dec. 15, in order to honor Pike Liberal Arts Patriots for their state championship win.