Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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January 17, 2014

Members will continue to discuss EMS contract

Batesville Board of Works members approved two contracts Jan. 13 but decided to table a third one.

They approved a contract addendum with HWC Engineering, Indianapolis, for the State Road 229 sanitary sewer relocation for the bridge replacement project at Hillcrest Country Club. Mayor Rick Fledderman said the bridge project is being taken care of by the Indiana Department of Transportation and is set to begin in Spring 2015.

Prior to that, utilities need to be taken care of. “There’s a gas line that needs to be moved, but the bigger problem is that a sewer line needs to be relocated ... When we entered into our original agreement in 2011, there was an understanding with INDOT that all utilities would be bid at the same time, but INDOT came back and changed how we would proceed .... There were some additional expenses that were incurred because designs had to be updated, bid packets had to be put together, etc.” at a cost of $25,900.

The mayor added, “The city will be reimbursed by INDOT.”

Members signed the 2014 Emergency Medical Service Contract with Ray Township in Franklin County. Township officials will pay the Batesville Fire and Rescue Department $5,000 to provide service to the township.

The 2014 contract with Ripley County for EMS was also on the agenda. Fledderman said, “All four EMS units in the county are facing some financial problems.” Last July, officials “from all the units collectively approached the commissioners for help. They did listen somewhat, reducing the cost for a paramedic run from $150 to $50, but we (Batesville EMS 10) have to pay them whether we get reimbursed or not.”

He explained, “We do soft billing, which means we will collect from insurance, Medicaid or Medicare, but if they (patients) aren’t under any of those categories, we don’t bill them .... We will have to have some serious conversations about things EMS are facing.”

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