Rushville Republican

December 6, 2013

City leaders finalize ambulance cost

By Frank Denzler Rushville Republican
Rushville Republican

---- — Members of the Rushville City Council met earlier this weeks and began putting a wrap on issues requiring their attention for 2013. City council meetings are open to the public and the final council meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Dec. 17 in the council chambers located at 270 West 15th Street.

One of the most talked about issues in recent months locally is the city operated ambulance service slated to begin operation Jan. 1, 2014. The basic ambulance service will be operated out of the Rushville Fire Department and during Tuesday’s meeting, city officials voted on local ordinance 2013-27 to approve end user fees for the operation. The document reads in part: “For the purpose of this sub-chapter, BASIC LIFE SUPPORT SERVICES shall be defined as any care, treatment and/or transport that does not require advanced life-support intervention.

The fee provisions are as follows:

(A) The City of Rushville will assess charges and fees for the emergency medical services administers and/or rendered, consistent with the definitions and categorizations herein, and in accordance with the following schedule of sums and amounts, all of which are assessed on a per-incident basis:

(1) Basic Life Support Service - $400

(2) Patient Transport Services - $12 per mile

In unrelated matters, Rushville Chief of Police Craig Tucker attended the meeting for the first time since being injured recently while in the process of arresting an individual. He thanked the city leaders and members of the RPD for their support while he was unable to fulfill many of the duties of his job. Additionally, he thanked council members for allowing the recent purchase of tasers, currently utilized by officers in the RPD.

According to Tucker, the weapon may have prevented his recent injury while he was arresting a combative individual.

In other matters, Les Day of the Rushville Utilities announced that that the Rushville Water Treatment Plant accepted a bid to make upgrades. Local officials accepted the $3.772 million dollar bid from PAE & Associates for the project.

Parks Department Director Danny Mathews was next to have the city leader’s attention and said upgrades to the shelter building in Laughlin Park were recently completed. The facility now has restrooms, heat and electricity. He publicly thanked members of the city street department for their numerous hours of service and work on the building to complete the process at a substantial savings to local taxpayers.

“The shelter is now a year-round use facility. The project could not have been completed without the efforts of many and grant monies received form the Rush County Community Foundation,” Mathews said.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.