NECAS sets their bid opening for June 1

By GARY HENRY ghenry@prairiepress.net
Posted 5/3/21

CHRISMAN — The time is drawing closer for the volunteer Northern Edgar County Ambulance Service (NECAS) to dissolve in favor of an ambulance service administered by Edgar County.

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NECAS sets their bid opening for June 1

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CHRISMAN — The time is drawing closer for the volunteer Northern Edgar County Ambulance Service (NECAS) to dissolve in favor of an ambulance service administered by Edgar County.

Attorney Robert Morris met with the NECAS board Tuesday, April 27, and explained the next step in the process is liquidating the NECAS physical assets.

“We will be doing a sealed bid,” said Morris, explaining the advertisement for bids must appear in the newspaper for three weeks and the bid opening cannot occur before 30 days elapse since the first printing.

The 30-day limit put the bid opening on the Memorial Day holiday. Board members decided to have the bid opening at 6:30 pm. June 1, even though June action will delay final takeover by the county.

“If we have to go one more month, we will have to go another month,” said Kevin Julian, NECAS board president.

Voters in Young America, Ross, Prairie, Brouilletts Creek, Edgar and Shiloh townships previously approved creating a special service area to help financially support an ambulance service in Northern Edgar County. Under this process, the county levies an ambulance tax and bids out the ambulance service based in part on how much of the tax the operator wants.

Only one person submitted a bid to operate an ambulance in the north half of the county — Jeremy Neal, who is the current NECAS coordinator.

Neal’s bid to the county board explained his goal is to keep an ambulance based in Chrisman for quicker emergency response, and he does not plan to draw any pay from the ambulance service until, and if, it becomes financially sustainable.

In other action, the NECAS board approved donating a new state of the art heart monitor to Horizon Health upon final dissolution of the service. The heart monitor was obtained partially through an Illinois Fire Marshal equipment grant, and NECAS had to either donate it to another not-for-profit entity or refund all of the grant money if the monitor was sold.

Neal told board members the fire marshal’s office approved the donation to Horizon Health.