KEYSER - Keyser Emergency Medical Service could be in line to be penalized for non-compliance for failure to have an up-to-date audit of their finances completed by the designated time limit for this documentation.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - Keyser Emergency Medical Service could be in line to be penalized for non-compliance for failure to have an up-to-date audit of their finances completed by the designated time limit for this documentation.
During the Tuesday morning meeting of the Mineral County Commission, the three commissioners approved sending “a stern letter of support” to the county ambulance authority, the agency that holds the Keyser EMS accountable, and the local emergency service will also be sent the same letter.
Following the accountability for the county ambulance services to the ambulance authority, second in line for the answerability of the medical services is the county commission.
Commission president Richard Lechliter said the letter of support will be part of the business discussed at the mid-February 2018 meeting of the Mineral County Ambulance Authority, with a possible decision for that agency to proceed in this situation.
He also said that for the Keyser EMS, “The deadline for the completion of their audit is way past due,” despite being asked and asked for their cooperation in this matter.
Commissioner Roger Leather said, “The penalty will be discussed later,” depending on the cooperation from the local emergency service.
He also said that of the nine emergency services in Mineral County, “All have complied with audits except for Keyser.”
Adding to this discussion, commissioner Jerry Whisner, said the funding received by the ambulance services “is taxpayer’s money.”
The next meeting of the Mineral County Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan 2., at 10 a.m., and will be a special session for the selection of a commission president and appointments of the three commissioners to various committees.