Orangeburg County Council has unanimously approved the hiring of a new EMS billing and collection company.
The council voted at a meeting last month to hire EMS Management as the new county billing and collections department for its EMS department.
“From time to time we need to look at our EMS billing system because there are equipment and interfaces that need to work with our county and with our systems to be able to bill this properly,” the Orangeburg County Administrator said. , Harold Young.
The county’s EMS system is funded through departmental billings and collections.
Under the agreement, the company will receive 5.7% of the medical transportation bill, with the county receiving the remaining portion.
“When you look at these billing systems, it’s basically a system where they bill the client and then send the funding back to us and keep a percentage for management fees and overhead,” Young said.
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Another company has served the county for the past two years, but Young said equipment issues have prevented the company from interfacing with the county’s EMS trucks.
The board congratulated the three EMS employees present at the board meeting for their work. Employees praised the county council for supporting EMS operations.
In other business at the May 2 meeting:
• Council unanimously passed a resolution waiving the County’s right to purchase property in the Orangeburg County Industrial Park currently owned by Trinity Highway Products LLC.
The park’s covenants give the county and city the first right to redeem the property. The company is trying to sell the property.
Neither the county nor the city has expressed a desire to purchase the property.
“Trinity Highway Products will continue to operate the facility as it always has,” said Trinity Highway Products President Nick Verska. “The sale of the property will have no impact on the number of employees at the establishment.”
“Trinity will operate under a lease agreement with the new owner,” Verska said. “We cannot release the name of the buyer as this was a private transaction. We continue to grow our business and look forward to our future in Orangeburg.”
Trinity Highway employs 37 people in Orangeburg and is actively recruiting for nine additional positions, Verska said.
• The Board gave a unanimous third and final reading to the incentives for DP World Americas designed to help it develop land for future buildings.
DP World Americas plans to develop speculative buildings in its 1,322-acre “South Carolina Gateway” industrial park in Santee.
• Council gave unanimous second reading to the rezoning of approximately 2.86 acres of property on Old State Road just southeast of the Holly Hill boundaries at commercial headquarters to allow a retail establishment.
The developers have not determined what specific detail they hope to bring to the property. The property has been zoned general residential.
• Council voted unanimously to halt maintenance on approximately four-tenths of Hazy Road outside of Springfield. The only owner on the road has asked the county to halt maintenance due to safety concerns related to increased theft.
The road is not a school bus route and has no other houses. Over a 10-day period, approximately 58 cars traveled the route.