Washington County briefs

February 07, 2007|by TAMELA BAKER

Medical transport contract renewed

The Washington County Commissioners voted Tuesday to renew a contract with Mid-Maryland Medical Transport of Hagerstown for ambulance, wheelchair and taxi service for the Washington County Health Department.

Commissioner Terry Baker abstained, asking for more information on the company's efficiency and response time.

The cost for ambulance, wheelchair and taxi services, paid for with state and federal money, is $345,298 for fiscal year 2008. The cost reflects a 4.9 percent increase from fiscal year 2007. No county money is used for the contract.

Deputy Health Officer Earl Stoner told the commissioners that Mid-Maryland Medical Transport provided better service at a lower cost than earlier providers.

Emergency services grants accepted

Two grants to the county Division of Fire and Emergency Services gained unanimous acceptance from the county commissioners Tuesday.


The first is a Maryland State Right-to-Know Fund grant for $9,700 to assist the local emergency planning committee with operational costs.

The second is a federal Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness grant from the Department of Homeland Security, funneled through the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. The federal grant is for $6,753. With a local match of $1,689, the total award is $8,442.

Three appointed to Agency on Aging

The county commissioners on Tuesday appointed G. Edward Branthaver, Elias Roy Shilling and Fay Reed to the Area Agency on Aging. They will serve three-year terms.

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