New Hampton, Iowa – Chickasaw County residents continue to wait for an ambulance service, but the board of supervisors heard a proposal from current service provider Jeremy McGrath in an attempt to solve the on-going problem.
The contract is nearly the same as the one previously presented to the ambulance council. Year one would cost $165,000 and then $195,000 for year two. Year three is $365,000 pending voter approval of an essential service tax.
After discussion, the board gave consensus for the county attorney to review the proposal.
Rumors flew during the meeting of the ambulance council and an Iowa City based service, CARE, having discussions about the service.
McGrath urged the board to stay local.
Representatives from MercyOne New Hampton and other residents supported McGrath’s service over the rumored one.
Supervisor Steve Geerts called the rumors a “slap in the face.”
An ambulance council meeting has been schedule for Thursday morning at 10.