The Pettis County Ambulance District Board of Directors will start seeing a small paycheck for their efforts after voting to approve member pay during their regular meeting Tuesday.
By state statute, each director will receive no more than $100 per meeting with a maximum of two meetings per month for a total of $14,400 paid out each year. The measure has been in the bylaws since the PCAD’s inception, but directors chose not to enforce the statute until now.
“The board spends a lot of time outside of meetings on district work,” said District 6 Director Allan Rohrbach, who also serves as the board secretary. “I would estimate I spend probably half a day preparing for each meeting — typing up all the minutes and getting everything copied and approved. It’s really a day or two of extra work a week.”
Board Vice Chair and District 1 Director Dave Clippert noted many of his regular vacation days from work have been taken to attend to PCAD duties, including conferences and meetings.
“It’s not a large paycheck but it is a good reimbursement for the services we’re doing,” said Board Chair and District 5 Director Greg Nehring. “It’s fairly common for board members in this type of situation to receive some sort of compensation. We spend a significant amount of time working on ambulance district items, it’s not just the two, hour-long meetings we have a month.”
The board unanimously approved the measure, which will go into effect this month.
During the meeting the board also heard from PCAD Administrator Mike Gardner who said medical equipment purchases to stock and load the district’s five ambulances is nearly complete.
“We should be able to make our purchase of medication in July,” he said. “At that time we’ll also need to get a safe for Schedule II drugs and a refrigerator for the medication that needs to be kept cold.”
Gardner also told the board the PCAD had received a $3,400 grant to purchase a mobile radio unit that will likely be mounted in the future PCAD headquarters station; and its Medicare application is under review.
“We’ve gotten our drug applications approved (by the Drug Enforcement Administration) so the Medicare application is really the last big hurdle we have,” he said. “We should be hearing back within the next month about it.”
The PCAD will next meet for a work session on June 18.