By 3-2 vote, Northumberland supervisors accept EMS garage construction proposals without public hearings or competitive bids

by Megan Schiffres

HEATHSVILLE—The Northumberland board of supervisors on Thursday, November 14, voted 3-2 to move forward with the construction of a new ambulance garage for the county EMS crew.

Board members Ronnie Jett, Richard Haynie and Joe Self voted to accept a $38,476 proposal from NTC Contractors to pour the concrete foundation of the building, and passed a separate motion to accept a $4,087 proposal from Turner’s Service Co. to install the plumbing for the garage.

Members Jim Long and Thomas Tomlin voted against both motions, arguing that the county should advertise for bids and hold public hearings on each stage…