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Bromley-Ludlow Rivalry Emerges Again as City Considers New Ambulance Contract

Did the City of Bromley tailor a legal ad soliciting bids for advanced life support (ALS) services so that the City of Ludlow would not be able to offer a bid?
 
That was a question raised at last week's Bromley city council meeting. Council member Nancy Kienker interrupted a discussion about the ALS contract to ask fellow council member Gail Smith whether there was a copy of the ad available. Smith said that she would text an image of it to her. Kienker said that she believes that the ad's wording would limit who could submit bids by mandating that all bidders have two ambulance units.
 
Ludlow has one.
 
Mayor Donnie Jobe explained that the reasoning behind the condition was that if Bromley contracted with another city to provide ALS, and that city only had one ambulance and it was out on a call, that city wouldn't be able to help Bromley, and it would take extra time to call in another ambulance, time that a patient might not have.
 
"Once again, and I hate to say this, it is a touchy subject for everybody," said Kienker. "I thought we were going to be above board, and true to ourselves. With that being put in the ad, it eliminated Ludlow. You know it, and I know it."
 
Jobe contended that it was not meant to eliminate any particular city.
 
"If we are going to spend the money for the ALS service, I would expect it to be the best service we can get," Jobe said. "I put the bid out to everybody."
 
The City of Ludlow put in a bid to serve Bromley's ambulance needs in February, but lost out to Crescent Springs-Villa Hills at a contentious meeting.
 
The only response was from Crescent Springs-Villa Hills, which already has a contract with Bromley, and instead of a bid, Crescent Springs-Villa Hills offered a contract with an evergreen option that states that the contract would stay in place but can be renegotiated or disposed of with a six-month notification.
 
When Smith made a motion to accept the Crescent Springs-Villa Hills contract with the evergreen option, there was a dead silence instead of a second, so Jobe said they would discuss the issue at next month's meeting. However, Smith told the council that the Fire Authority wanted an answer by its meeting on November 21, and suggested that the council could have a special meeting.
 
A special meeting will take place on Wednesday evening.
 
In other business, Councilman Bob France gave a report telling council what he found out about the intersections where school buses are having trouble turning corners. He discovered that all the curbs needed to be repainted to show where cars were not allowed to park, and if the council also wanted to put up signs indicating the parking ban, the city would have to put them up. Park Hills Police Chief Cody Stanley told council that if the city really wanted to make the signs count, it should designate the areas as tow away zones. If the city does not need the restriction at certain times, the city could just take the signs down.  
 
Council voted to have city attorney Kim Vocke draw up an ordinance creating the tow away zones. France promised to have more information at the next meeting.
 
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor