KEYSER - The Mineral County Commission is expected to vote during their next meeting to rescind a recent motion to reorganize the Mineral County Ambulance Authority.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - The Mineral County Commission is expected to vote during their next meeting to rescind a recent motion to reorganize the Mineral County Ambulance Authority.
 A work session was held by the commission Monday and, according to commissioner Roger Leatherman, the purpose was to “work toward a better solution” for the Mineral County Ambulance Authority.
With no votes taken during the work session, an anticipated vote to rescind the motion made at a late May commission meeting for the order to abolish the Ambulance Authority will happen at the June 12 meeting of the county government.
As part of the original reorganizing efforts, a seven-member board would happen, and Leatherman said this number would leave “some ambulance companies losing votes,” because there are nine ambulance squads.
He added that each of the EMS squads will soon meet to develop ideas and plans on how the Ambulance Authority can be restructured.
“We will take into consideration all their ideas,” Leatherman said, plus, “They need to have a voice because they are volunteers and go out in the early hours to answer emergency calls.”
He said that the best way to proceed is that, “We all work together to come to an agreement” in restructuring the Ambulance Authority.
Leatherman said of the Monday meeting, “We should have had this type of meeting first,” before even talking about the actual reorganizing process.
He explained the possible structure of the 11-member Ambulance Authority board that would include one member from each of the nine EMS squads, plus one from the medical field, as a doctor, and the final member placement is unsure at this time.
Commissioner Richard Lechliter said that there was a number of guests at the work session, and he offered an apology for not notifying the county EMS squads of the May 22 meeting of the commission where the subject of abolishing the Ambulance Authority was an agenda item.
He added, “It is in the best interest to rescind the order for reorganizing the Ambulance Authority,” which will take a vote to accomplish at the June 12 commission meeting

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