Local Government

Simon says 'vetting process' designed to block potential 'fly-by-night' ambulance services

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 13, 2020 12:10 am Updated: Feb. 13, 2020 12:17 am

QUINCY — The Adams County Board has approved a number of safeguards it thinks will help ensure proper care for county residents who require ambulance service.

John Simon, director of the Adams County Ambulance Service, said a series of measures have been added to the county code to prevent what he termed "fly-by-night" ambulance operations from trying to establish a local presence.

"There is now a vetting process in place," Simon said after Wednesday night's monthly board meeting.

Both the county and Adams County Ambulance boards worked together on creating the guidelines.

Legislative and Judicial Committee Chairman Ryan Niekamp and Simon presented information to the board.

Simon said there are six ambulances available to county residents.

In other board-related news:

$56,750 was approved for repairs tied to the generator at the Juvenile Detention Center, after a report from Bret Austin, chairman of the Finance Committee.

Mark Peter, chairman of the Jail Exploratory Committee, said a March 1 target date remains in place for "substantial completion" of the new $32 million county jail.

A resolution appropriating $87,500 was approved for the construction of a bridge over Tournear Creek at N. 900th Ave. in the Burton Road District. The bulk ($70,000) of the funding will come from the Township Bridge Road Program Fund.

The board accepted the resignation of Chuck Venvertloh, 53, who was first elected county clerk/recorder in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. Venvertloh's resignation is effective April 4.

Venvertloh is the first Republican to hold the office of clerk/recorder in Adams County.

A successor for Venvertloh will be recommended by the Adams County Republican Central Committee, with the Adams County Board likely making a final decision at its March 10 meeting. Whoever is picked will need to run in the November election to fill the remainder of Venvertloh's four-year term.