Ambulance board approves pension bond payment

The Nodaway County Ambulance District Board voted to pay unfunded obligations to LAGERS, Missouri’s local government employee retirement system, at its Feb. 9 meeting.

Chief Operating Officer Bill Florea told board members that the unfunded liabilities were due to the increase in employee accounts that was voted on last year.

Board members discussed how much to put into the account and how quickly to pay it back. The board approved paying half this month of $500,000 from its reserves and then paying off the balance before the end of the year using CDs that will mature before then.

In other matters, the board approved minutes as presented, bills payable, Medicaid/Medicare adjustments of $7,495.39, and bills to be sent to collections in the amount of $17,348.38 $.

Reports

Director of Operations: Sales tax payment for the month was $90,238.26, an increase of 12.59% over 2021; call volume for the month of January was 6.77 calls per day and COVID cases accounted for 10.38% of calls for the month; the Board of Governors awarded $10,000 for the PAT and Knights van. Also during the report, discussion took place regarding salaries for similar ambulances in the area from Highway 36 to the Iowa border, including Clarinda, but no action was taken.

Business Leader: Medicaid revalidation is complete and Medicare revalidation letter should be sent to the district in the next few months with a due date of July 31; a discussion took place on what to do for teams and employees for EMS week in May, but was postponed until next month.

Training Manager: EMT refresher class will be moved to April 4-6 due to recertification cycle; the quarterly CPR course will be held on March 10 and the RME refresher course will be held on March 12; Paramedics Morgan Wheeler and Kimberly Campbell are taking a course to become instructors for the EVOC class which will give the district four teachers; there are several RNs who wish to join the teams but were unable to complete the EMR courses, so a six-hour course is being considered for them.

The Ravenwood Rescue Team reported that the hydraulic unit hose was being replaced and was at the fire station. The Tri-C Rescue Team has noted that Jared McQueen is interested in hosting an ice rescue course and will contact the other teams for a date and time. All other teams reported that everything was fine.

As part of the old deal, the addition of the building was discussed with various options discussed but no decision was made. It will be discussed again at a future meeting.

The board approved an in camera session for staff purposes. They returned in open session and approved giving LaRee Lager a performance bonus of $650 and longevity of $560.

The next regular meeting will be on March 9.

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