JEFFERSON-Ashe County is set to secure its ambulance services through the next eight years with the pending approval of a renewed contract with Ashe Medics.
County commissioners are set to vote on a recently proposed contract with the ambulance provider, which has served the community since 2014 when the county decided to part ways with its long-time provider, Blue Ridge Medical Transport.
“It’s been good,” Ashe Medics Owner Craig Sullivan said of his company’s time in Ashe. “I think we are doing a good job over there. Far as I know, everyone is happy and things are going well.”
The decision to expand services to Ashe County seemed like a logical one for Sullivan, whose operations include Watauga Medics.
“It was a good time for growth for us,” said Sullivan. “The timing was right. We were looking to expand the company and it worked well.”
The term of the contract is set to extend through June 30, 2024 with a current county subsidy of $79,235.57 per month ($950,826 annually) shall remain the same through June 30, 2020.
Effective July 1, 2020, the payment will increase by 4 percent to $82,404.99 per month through June 30, 2024, if the contract is approved.
The contract also stipulates that the current provision requiring that the director to reside within 25 miles of the base should be eliminated.
Commissioners are set to vote on the contract at 9 a.m. on Tuesday in the meeting room of the third floor of the Ashe County Courthouse.
Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.