Madison County commissioners approved the purchase of an ambulance Monday.
EMS director Jason Lewis appeared before the board of commissioners, requesting permission to buy an AEV (American Emergency Vehicle) Traumahawk for $125,065. The vehicle will be paid for with funds from the 2008 special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST).
Lewis said the county has a fleet of seven Excellance ambulances, with four of them carrying heavy mileage that will need to be replaced in the next few years.
“We have an aging fleet that we’re going to have to replace pretty steadily over the next several years,” said Lewis.
The EMS director said he hopes to purchase three ambulances to replace old vehicles relatively quickly if the SPLOST referendum passes in November.
In other matters Monday, the BOC approved Stockton Smith as a part-time security worker at the county government complex. The board learned that the county received a $2,500 wellness grant, with 22 government workers participating in a wellness screening this past year and losing a collective 190 lbs.
BOC chairman Anthony Dove reported that 538 Madison County kids received school supplies through the Madison Area Resource Team’s (M.A.R.T.) back to school supply drive. Dove said a plaque from when the government complex, which was originally Danielsville Elementary School, was constructed has been placed on a wall in the complex.
The board agreed to seek requests for proposals (RFPs) on replacing failing air conditioning units at the county jail. The board approved an annual procedural move combining the school, county and industrial authority tax rates for submission to the state. None of the rates were increased this year. The board approved the purchase of a mower for the recreation department, which will transfer an older mower to the sheriff’s department.
The board approved 35 mph signs on the dirt portion of Aderhold Rogers Road. The paved portion has a 45 mph limit. The BOC approved 35 mph signs on Frank Bird Road. Commissioner Stanley Thomas asked Dove whether the state still plans to put protective railings along the playground off Hwy. 106 at Hull-Sanford Elementary School. Dove said he will check into the matter.