Peck family meets with commissioners to sign ambulance contract

Monday, December 4, 2017
Matt Peck, co-owner of STAR Ambulance, looks on as County Commissioners Paul Sinders, Bryan Allender and Jim Bowman sign a contract with the company for ambulance service
Frank Phillips photo

The transition from CARE Ambulance to STAR Ambulance is well underway, said Matt Peck, a member of the family who owns STAR Ambulance.

CARE had told the county commissioners they chose not to renew their contract with the county and a committee was formed to find a new ambulance service. Out of five companies interviewed, the committee chose to recommend STAR Ambulance to the commissioners. The county commissioners voted to approve that recommendation at a November meeting.

On Monday, the Peck family was in Brazil to sign a contract with the commissioners, Bryan Allender, Paul Sinders and Jim Bowman.

The Peck family poses for a photo with county commissioners attorney Eric Somheil (left) and County Commissioners Bryan Allender, Paul Sinders and Jim Bowman in front of the main courthouse Christmas tree Monday morning.
Frank Phillips photo

Peck told the commissioners he is “already starting on” the transition and planned to sign a contract to lease a building now used by CARE Ambulance.

Peck said he is hiring local people and was pleased that there were many applications.

“Staffing has been a lot easier than we anticipated,” he said.

The Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department has offered the use of their building for staff orientation, Peck said.

In other business, the county commissioners:

•Approved two new copier leases with Indiana Business Equipment of Terre Haute for less money than the last leases.

One copier will go to the Sheriff's Department for $52.82 per month for five years and another copier will go to the Child Support office for $152.58 per month for five years.

•Approved a new contract for animal control with the Clay County Humane Society.

•Opened a bid for property tax reassessment and took it under advisement.

•Approved a one-year contract with CSI for the county clerk’s office.

•Approved two ordinances related to the Clay County Health Department.

A restaurant inspection ordinance was passed. In November, Kim Hyatt of the health department told commissioners Clay County is the only county in this area without a restaurant inspection ordinance.

Another ordinance establishes health department fees.

Both ordinances will be published in The Brazil Times and will go into effect on Jan. 1.

•Appointed three people to the Center Point Zoning Board: Julie Parsons, Lisa Bedwell Sheese and Jeff Boyll.

•Opened annual county bids on material such as asphalt, stone, crushed stone, sand, oils, concrete, fuels, metal and plastic culvert pipe, other pipes, calcium chloride for roads, and gravel. The bids were taken under advisement.

•Approved county contracts with five non-profit organizations.

•Approved appointments to various boards: Daryl Andrews to Alcohol Beverage Commission. Tom Ames, Jan Howell and Fred Nevils to Redevelopment Commission, Eric Somheil, commissioners attorney, Brad Stultz, county highway supervisor, Brayn Allender, district planning council, Bryan Husband, emergency management director, Annette Walden, head custodian, John Hughbanks, head maintenance at Clay County Justice Center, Paul Sinders, personnel administration committee and Jim Bowman, Western Indiana Workforce investment board.

The next meeting is set for 9 a.m., Jan. 2, in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Clay County Courthouse.

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