Washington County to loan $94,476 toward new Sharpsburg ambulance

December 06, 2011|By HEATHER KEELS |
  • Sharpsburg Area Emergency Medical Services Assistant Chief Jonas Zeigler, left, listens to Washington County Director of Emergency Services Kevin L. Lewis as he requests funds for a new ambulance during Tuesdays meeting of the Washington County Board of Commissioners.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 Tuesday to approve a loan of $94,476 to Sharpsburg Area Emergency Medical Services toward its purchase of a new ambulance.

The company is replacing its 2000 Ford F-550 Horton ambulance, which has mileage of more than 100,450 miles, Washington County Director of Emergency Services Kevin L. Lewis said.

The money will be loaned to the company from the county’s Fire and Rescue Revolving Loan Fund, which had a balance of $300,000 prior to the loan to Sharpsburg Area EMS, Lewis said.

It has been several years since the county has made a loan from that fund, Lewis said. Fire and rescue companies may repay loans from the fund by having payments withheld from their quarterly check from the county, he said. The county provides quarterly funding to fire and rescue companies that includes a county subsidy, state grant funding and utility reimbursements.

The terms for the loan to Sharpsburg Area EMS include an interest rate of 5 percent APR for 10 years, Lewis said.

The $94,476 loan represents 50 percent of the value of the new ambulance, according to a report from Lewis.

The purchase price was quoted at $188,952, but several discounts reduced that price to $182,752, his report said.

The EMS company received three price proposals and selected the second-lowest, which was from DPC Emergency Equipment, according to documents provided to the commissioners.

“The lowest bid was not accepted based upon recent acquisition of the corporation, movement of the primary plant facility and questionable craftsmanship with the demo unit that was reviewed,” Lewis’ report said.

The company also preferred the DPC Emergency Equipment unit because other county fire and EMS companies have a history of using the same units, he said.

Commissioner William B. McKinley was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.

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