N. Baltimore may hire full-time EMS chief PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 11:46
NORTH BALTIMORE - The village is considering moving from a part-time to full-time EMS chief.
While no action was taken at Tuesday's council meeting, members agreed to have a public safety meeting to discuss the possibility on Monday at 5:30 p.m.
The proposal to move to a full-time chief, according to council members, does not signal that council is leaning one way or another in regard to keeping its EMS "in-house" or moving to privatize.
Council members said, if approved, the position would be for a "working EMS chief" in attempt to fill some of the department's missed runs.
In recent months, it was discovered the EMS department had been billing for only a fraction of the runs it completed over the last thee years.
To remedy the situation, the village contracted with Great Lakes Billing to improve its collections and increase revenue.
On Tuesday, part-time EMS chief Eric Larson reported good billing news. Great Lakes Billing has agreed to go back through the department's runs dating back to a year ago to try and recover some of the lost revenue.
"If it hasn't been paid, we can try to recoup some of that money, so that was excellent news," Larson said.
Also at Tuesday's meeting, council members agreed to provide "utility forgiveness" to compensate village residents who have had to run their water in attempt to prevent their pipes from freezing this month.
Customers will be billed the same amount that was billed in February, 2013, if the amount of household usage was less than February, 2014, usage, Mayor Mike Julien said.
"Normal billing practices will resume for March and beyond unless the frigid temperatures persist and Council takes action to extend this measure beyond the February billing cycle," Julien said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 11:51

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