Starke County EMS Director Paul Mathewson told the county commissioners this week that they are working on a number of changes to policies currently in place, including the implementation of a standardized vehicle report.
Mathewson explained that they are working on developing the vehicle report, which would keep tabs on all ambulances currently in service with details on each vehicle, including make, model, mileage, and years, in order to help facilitate a two-year rotation. Mathewson said he hopes that it will be standardized across the board for the sheriff’s department, highway department, and other departments that utilize county vehicles in an effort to monitor their use and ensure they are properly maintained and replaced when the time comes.
Commissioner Dan Bridegroom said that the vehicle report would ideally have forms that employees operating the vehicles would fill out for each trip, including beginning mileage, ending mileage, any maintenance done on the vehicles, and other details. Mathewson said he will introduce the forms at the next commissioners meeting on Oct. 15.
The EMS Department is also working on getting their old debts collected, and Mathewson said they are trying to determine whether they want to start with the oldest debts and work forward, or the newest debts and work backward. He said he will also present a report on those efforts at the next meeting.