Full agenda for supervisors

Ambulance-deal consultant, road name go before board

rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.comMay 6, 2013 

The Merced County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider changing the name of a Merced-area road and approving a contract with a consultant to develop the next ambulance contract bid.

The Department of Public Health recommends working with Fitch & Associates, a consulting firm based in Missouri, to write the ambulance bid's proposal documents and manage the process.

The contract wouldn't exceed $166,000 and would be covered by fees paid by each bidder, according to county documents. Bidders each pay $10,000, and the rest is covered by the winning ambulance provider.

The county's contract with Riggs Ambulance Service ends Aug. 31, prompting officials to forgo taking proposals for a consultant.

"Due to the critical timeline and the vital nature of the services required, it is recommended that the county contract directly with Fitch & Associates to develop the (Request for Proposal) and manage the process," the documents read.

Fitch & Associates responded to the county's last bid in 2011, and was selected by staff based on its experience in California.

The supervisors also will hear public comment about changing the name of Alfalfa Avenue to Marino Way. The Merced-area road stretches from Mission Avenue to McHenry Road.

The resolution was prompted by "recent public sentiment," according to county documents. The road was relinquished to the county in 2010 and was given its name two years later.

The road will extend further south when Caltrans completes construction of an interchange at Le Grand Road.

The board will recognize Merced County Judge Hugh M. Flanagan for 13 years of service to the Superior Court bench.

The Board of Supervisors will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the board chambers on the third floor of the Merced County Administration Building, 2222 M St. in Merced.

Reporter Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.com.

Merced Sun-Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service