By Tom Burgess
Special to Moorefield Examiner –
The Hardy County Emergency Ambulance Authority (HCEAA) met July 9 and discussed a variety of issues, including the type of new employees to be hired, updates on their budget, the current terms of the president and vice president, and a judge’s upcoming ruling on a petition offered by five county citizens to nullify the countywide $120.00 household ambulance fee and the Board’s purchase of the former Mathias-Baker Rescue Squad building.
After some discussion regarding employee hires, the Board passed a motion to hire a part-time employee to help with exemptions and collections for households who are currently in arrears paying the $120.00 countywide ambulance fee.
Currently, the Authority is interviewing a collections firm to contact those in arrears. Also discussed was the difficulty in collecting fees from some of the residents who may only spend some part of the year in a apartment dwelling. And, if apartment owners do not provide the Authority a list of residents, they may be held responsible themselves for collecting the fee.
Greg Greenwalt, current president of the Authority, deferred to board member J.R. Keplinger on the upcoming judicial response to a fee nullification petition. County Commissioner Keplinger said he expects Judge Frye’s decision would be rendered approximately by the fourth week of July. The petition was to nullify the countywide $120.00 fee and the Board’s purchase of the former squad building.