GIRARD — The Crawford County Commission discussed budgets and approved budget amendments during its regular meeting Tuesday.
Baker Township Fire Chief Mike Ryan and Fire District No. 1 Board President Rick Wilson asked for approval of a money transfer before the fire district budget was amended by the county. Ryan said the district would like to move money reimbursed from the state after the purchase of equipment into the equipment fund.
The commission approved the publication of budget amendments for fire districts one, two and three. The commission also approved a budget amendment for its overall budget for publication.
Ryan also informed the commission about a plan to purchase a new fire truck. The fire district obtained bids from the Houston-Galveston Area Council, which offers cooperative purchasing. Houston-Galveston takes bids from manufacturers nationwide and handles the bid process for fire districts.
The lowest bid went to Kansas-based Weis Fire of Salina. The truck will cost approximately $360,000, but it will be nine to 12 months before the truck is delivered for payment. Ryan asked for approval to move forward with an agreement to purchase the truck.
The commission approved the purchase.
County Clerk Don Pyle reported that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas was scheduled to make a decision on a contract with Dr. William Sullivan Tuesday. BCBS is deciding whether to keep its contract with Sullivan’s clinic, which the county has considered using as a primary care provider for its new employee benefits program. If BCBS does not uphold its contract with Sullivan, the county may not be able to build him into its plan.
That move could affect copay numbers. The county wants to have a new plan approved by the end of the year.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.