For the second Tuesday night in a row, the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors and Chickasaw County Ambulance Council will hold a joint meeting on the future of ambulance service in the county.
Last week, officials discussed the possibility of a county-run, public ambulance service, but nothing definitive was decided on proceeding with the venture. Supervisors did inform the council that the consensus of the board is to utilize American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for startup costs.
Officials did decide that ambulance council member, Ionia Mayor Randy Taylor, and Supervisor Jason Byrne, were to meet with current provider, Jeremy McGrath and Chickasaw Ambulance Services, about whether extending his contract beyond December 31st is an option; or if selling his ambulance equipment to the County is on the table if he ends his service.
Ambulance Council members were also go back to their respective city councils to discuss if they can afford and what they would need to see to be interested in a joint public service.
Tonight’s (05.31)joint meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Services Building in New Hampton.