KEYSER - The Mineral County Ambulance Authority (MCAA) will undergo a reorganization process and updated regulations will become effective on July 1, 2018.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - The Mineral County Ambulance Authority (MCAA) will undergo a reorganization process and updated regulations will become effective on July 1, 2018.
This agenda item was part of the Tuesday meeting of the Mineral County Commission, and commissioner Richard Lechliter said that updating the ambulance authority “needs to be done.”
He said the upcoming changes will be completed according to “provisions of the West Virginia State Code, along with related legal rulings and opinions, “and consistent with the WV Ethics Commission.
Lechliter said that a voting board for the revised MCAA will consist of seven members, county citizens, and although not required, one of those members could be a county commissioner.
Commissioner Roger Leatherman will take one of the spots of the seven-board membership.
The remaining six members will serve staggered three-year terms, with the first new board having two members serving for one year, two members serving for two years, and two members serving three years.
Lechliter added that also part of the MCAA board members there is the possibility of having one, but no more than two, inactive or retired emergency medical service persons.
As part of this category of appointments, these individuals may not receive monetary or in-kind compensation from any paid or volunteer organization that serves county citizens.
Lechliter also announced that beginning this July, the MCAA meetings will be held in the conference room of the Mineral County Office of Emergency Management, on the first Tuesday in the months of July, October, January, and April.
He said that executive sessions or special meetings of the MCAA “may be called if necessary,” and will comply with the West Virginia Open Meetings Act.
Saying that the MCAA “will not require bylaws,” Lechliter said that a set of policies will be put into place, following approval by the county commission.
He explained that the reorganization of the MCAA will include several committees, and each will be chaired by a board member, with members of each committee could involve non-board members to be appointed by the MCAA president.
The committees to be formed, accord9ng to Lechliter, could include, but not be limited to budget and finance, trucks, vehicles and equipment, training and certification, policies, contracts and bidding, while others may be added when needed.
As part of the reorganizing of the MCAA, Lechliter said that all trucks, ambulances, or vehicles owned by the MCAA will be clearly marked with the words “Mineral County Ambulance Authority.”
County citizens who wish to be part of the MCAA board may direct a letter for that intent to the Mineral County Commission, and this will include the present members.
Leatherman said that he is in favor of the reorganization of the MCAA, however, he cited one drawback, and that is “not all county ambulance services will be represented on the board.”
He added that at times the meetings of the MCAA “end in turmoil.”
Commission president Jerry Whisner said that the decision to restructure the MCAA “did not come overnight,” and the process have been worked on by Lechliter as he researched the ambulances authorities in other cities and counties across the state.