MESTA collections increase
PRYOR, Ok, Sep 01, 2012 (The Daily Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The Mayes County Services Trust Authority met Aug 14.
The board approved Blue Cross Blue Shield as the insurance provider for MESTA employees. A committee of board members met to discuss an insurance provider and the committee recommended Blue Cross. The vote was six to three with Board Chairman Trent Peper, Rob Foreman and Chuck Ward voting no. Peper didn't think he had enough information to vote yes, saying of the three no votes, "We weren't real sure if that was the right thing for employees."
The board approved MESTA medic Chris Rose for an Intermediate Scholarship Program. This is a $500 scholarship for further training.
MESTA Director Rick Langkamp reported that collections for July were good. The billing company Intermedix has increased collections. Intermedix is going to report to MESTA about pushing inactive claims to a secondary billing company.
Engineers from the company EmergiTech met with the 911 call center and the Mayes County Sheriff's Office regarding the installation of updated equipment. The new equipment will be installed by Sept 11. Langkamp reported that they are working on redundancy issues with 911 lines. Google granted MESTA $10,000 to assist with the new NextGen 911 system.
MESTA participated in the back to school supplies drive at Wal-Mart, collecting $141.11 in donations plus school supplies. The money raised was used to purchase school supplies to be given to the Cherokee Nation for needy children in Mayes County.
MESTA sent a truck, a trailer and two employees, Tricia Fleming and Kyle Suter, to Mannford for mutual aid during the wildfires. They worked 60 hours. This was part of a state request and is reimbursable.
Two MESTA dispatchers will attend Emergency Fire Dispatch Training in Fayetteville, Ark. for three days.
The Oklahoma Department of Health gave Interact a $17,900 grant for mapping of seven northeastern counties. There was an initial grant for $33,800 given to Interact for this mapping in 2011.
Unit 50 has a blown motor and was taken out of service. Langkamp said he wants the board to consider surplussing Unit 50.
Tax collections for July were $68,629.25. Insurance collections for July were $173,468.59. MESTA had 449 runs and were at level one, meaning one spare ambulance available, 15 times and at level zero, meaning no spare ambulances, three times. MESTA's total assets for July were $3,446,595.
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