Bell votes against 'fixed' bid

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By Jeff M. Hardison

BRONSON - Levy County Commissioner Nancy Bell voted "No" in a 4-1 decision on March 18 to seek bids with a $50,000 ceiling for some specific medical equipment.

This bid, Bell told the Chiefland Citizen, is just an obligatory action that circumvents the process, which had been established to find the lowest and best bids for goods and services.

A unique set of circumstances led to Bell's blasting the other four county commissioners.

First, Levy County Emergency Medical Director Marie Wells retired. This makes Assistant EMS Director Trish Siebold the interim director. She and EMS Coordinator Royce Barber have picked up the administrative duties until a replacement can be found for Wells.

In addition to Wells' retirement, Levy County EMS has a critical need to purchase three Welch Allyn 12-lead biphasic heart monitors, Siebold said. She found a company where she can buy three rebuilt monitors for $46,098. The average price for these monitors would be about $80,000, she told the commissioners.

Bell said any purchase over $10,000 is supposed to be through the bid process.

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