by Becky Holloway
Tipton Times
The high fuel bill for ambulances in June was the only notable discussion at last week’s meeting of the Mid-Mo Ambulance District.
The board met Wednesday, July 13, and business on the agenda was light.
June’s bill for fuel was $12,744.33 with diesel fuel running $5.29 a gallon June 1 and reaching a high of $5.39 locally by July 4. Since the holiday, fuel prices have started to come down. This week diesel fuel is back to $5.29. Regular fuel was $4.34 locally Monday.
All of the district’s vehicles are fueled with diesel with the exception of one of the newer ambulances.
The treasurer’s report showed funds on hand June 1 of $1,203,818, with $289,329 received during the month to bring the balance to $1,438,224. The office billed $156,691 during June on the 347 calls ran.
There were 194 transports during the month as follows: Tipton, 53 calls and 27 transports; California, 75 calls and 41 transports; and Versailles, 219 calls with 126 transports.
Patient destinations in the monthly report showed 54 taken to Capital Region Medical Center and 52 to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, both in Jefferson City, 53 to Lake Regional Hospital at Osage Beach, and 16 to Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia. Ten were taken to University Hospital in Columbia.
The board’s next meeting is scheduled 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the district office in Tipton