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Board rejects billing request

by Larry S. Chowning

The Middlesex County Board of Supervisors turned down a request from the Upper Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department at Water View to allow the company to bill insurance companies for responses to motor vehicle accidents.

County administrator Charles Culley said at the Dec. 2 board meeting that he contacted several insurance companies, including VACo Risk Management that handles the county’s coverage, regarding the proposed billing request.

“The companies contacted have indicated there are no automobile insurance policies that have this coverage,” said Culley. “If the county adopted an ordinance to allow this, then a new insurance territory would be created and everyone’s rates would increase to cover the cost.”

Culley also noted that the private billing has been contested in Pennsylvania.

The board voted unanimously not to approve the billing proposal. “I understand that our fire departments need all the financial help they can get,” said board chairman Kenneth W. Williams, “however, if insurance won’t cover the billing, it will probably fall to the private individuals who are involved in the accident. Some of these people might not be able to afford to pay.”

In other matters the board:

  • Voted to support Bay Aging in its quest to maintain funding for the elderly in Middlesex County. The board approved a resolution that states if the agency loses funding, it would have to eliminate 6,320 meals through Meals on Wheels and other essential services such as senior transportation, home care, and more.
  • Tabled action on a maintenance contract for the elevators at the new courthouse.
  • Approved a request to allow the Middlesex County Clerk’s Office to close on Wednesday, Dec. 31, as an additional day of leave.

  • posted 12.17.2008

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