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Commissioners in Lawrence OK ambulance purchases

Jan. 31, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- Lawrence County commissioners agreed Thursday to buy two new ambulances for the county Emergency Medical Services district and new radios for five new cruisers for the county sheriff's office.

The board of commissioners will borrow $220,000 from the Neighborhood Investment Program to pay for the new ambulances. Earl "Buddy" Fry, director of the ambulance district, said it will take several months to get and equip the new ambulances.

County Sheriff Jeff Lawless said the new cruisers have been brought to the county, but it will take several weeks to install radios, place decals and paint the vehicles before they can be put on the road.

It will cost about $8,095 for the radios. The commissioners agreed to the radio purchase.

County Treasurer Steve Burcham said first half collections started Monday. The office has received more than $2.5 million in taxes thus far and could collect about $14 million before the March 7 deadline for first half taxes.

The county also has received $188,479 in revenues representing a quarterly payment from Ohio casinos, he said.

Delinquent property tax letters sent out by the office of County Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson also have brought in $190,000, Burcham said.

The county also has collected more than $300,000 through a sale of tax liens and could collect another $700,000 from a bulk tax lien sale, Burcham said.

In other action, the board:

Appointed Lela McClintock, Viviane Vallance, Ronnie Dials, Brenda Neville, Richard B. Meyers and Pat Leighty to three-year terms on the county Planning Commission.

Dismissed Ashlee Hoop and Shawn Hall as part-time employees at the ambulance district.

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