Lewisburg’s lease agreement with CHC is for $1,000 monthly with Auburn’s at $250. The county will not have to pick up the Auburn lease because according to Judge/Executive Logan Chick that lease was forgiven.
Even though Lewisburg’s substation hasn’t been used in years, the county felt it was important to take over that lease to make the transition from CHC to Com-Care, Inc. “smooth.”
CHC pulled its ambulances out of Lewisburg over five years ago after restructuring and claiming they could save money and with new technology could tell where the next call would come from.
Wade Stone, vice president of CHC, told the county in a letter that abiding by the 1998 Asset Purchase Agreement between CHC and the county would be contingent upon taking over the leases.
According to the agreement if either party wanted to discontinue the relationship the purchaser (CHC) would donate sufficient equipment to the seller (county) to continue operation of an ambulance service. This includes two advanced life support (ALS) ambulances and one basic life support (BLS) ambulance.
Magistrate Dickie Carter mentioned that he thought it might be possible to keep a truck in Lewisburg. Judge Chick reminded Carter that during negotiations with Com-Care, Inc. it was discussed that it would be up to each city whether they wanted to supply a place to park a truck or purchase a truck themselves.
Chick said he had spoken with Fred Higgins who owns the Lewisburg substation about the leasing agreement. Chick said he is still negotiating with Higgins about how much a of a buy-out Higgins would allow the county. The lease agreement for the Lewisburg Substation is up in February 2010.
Because Com-Care, Inc. wants to begin operations May 1, 2009 instead of the contract time of July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010, a resolution was passed unanimously by the court to include the two extra months.