East Juab Ambulance Association has received permission from Juab County Commissioners to purchase a new ambulance.
County engineer Randy Freston, who at commissioners' request was helped review the need for a new ambulance, recommended the purchase.David A. Cloward, of Orem's Hawkins, Borup, Cloward and Co., told commissioners last month he had some concerns about the procedure. He reported the East Juab Ambulance Association had entered into a commitment to purchase a new ambulance by trading in the ambulance purchased in 1989 and then borrowing $20,000 from a bank.
"To my knowledge, this expenditure was not included in the 1991 budget," said Cloward in a letter to commissioners. "Therefore, a budget hearing will need to be held to incorporate this transaction."
The competitive bidding process should have been used, said Cloward. In addition, the ambulance association didn't own the existing ambluance and did not have authority to convey title to the ambulance being traded in, he added.
"Approval of this disposal of county property should be approved by a motion of the county commissioners in a regular or special meeting."
Freston reported to commissioners on Monday that he and commissioner Joseph Bernini had met with Cloward and answered his questions concerning the purchase.
The review included a copy of an alternative proposal submitted by another supplier, which reflected higher costs for the same amulance. In addition, they found the 1989 ambulance to be in bad condition and discovered it was no longer under warranty.
"Mr. Cloward advised that the commission should take official action concerning the redistribution of funding within the budget," said Freston.
Following the discussion with Freston, commissioners approved the purchase of the ambulance at a figure of $17,400. The amount budgeted to the purchase was $11,610, which will require the East Juab County Ambulance Association to return funds to Juab County's general fund by Dec. 30, 1991.
Freston said he had negotiated with Rocky Mountain Ambulance Association to trade in the existing 1989 ambulance.
"I find that the existing ambulance does not have capabilities of disposing the various hazardous materials, etc., as used by the ambulance technicians," said Freston. "This situation has been presented to me as a point of strong concern by various businesses and medical background personnel representing large industries in Utah.
"The new ambulance provides for state-of-the-art disposal areas for hazardous and contaminated materials," said Freston.
Freston said he had found the 1989 ambulance did "display conditions which are non-reparable."