Sheehan explained his nay vote saying, “My concern all along has been that that net revenue of $50,000 would be at the expense of the county or the hospital.” He continued saying, “If we do something that earns us $50,000 but loses them $100,000, city residents pay county taxes as well. That’s still something that I haven’t heard a good solid answer that, I believe the answer only comes from the city and the county actually working together.”
Jenkins responded, “I agree 100 percent, but I’m going to be honest, I don’t believe that’s going to occur.”
Sheehan said he understands both sides of this issue and said it would have been a dereliction of duties not to have at least considered this given the budget issues faced by the city. He urged the county to come to the table with the city and continue discussions on the matter as this progresses.
Smith made the motion for RFD to begin providing BLS ambulance service no later than Jan. 1, 2014. Conner moved to open discussion which continued among members and the mayor who agreed discussions with RMH, the county and others would continue, although none of the other representatives present wanted to comment at this time.
Clerk-treasurer Ann Copley reported that work has begun with the state on the city’s budget for 2014. The ambulance service will now be considered as part of budget planning.
In other business, a public hearing without comment was held on the levy system evaluation required for recertification. One contractor, DLZ, submitted a proposal which was accepted.
Mayor Pavey reported that the city signed an agreement with the Indiana Department of Transportation that establishes when US 52 closes for construction, the local alternate route will come down Seven Hills onto Old 44 and then SR 44 in town and Water Street. “When they leave from that project they will go in, evaluate it and probably resurface those roads. So we’ll get some resurfacing,” said the mayor.
Pavey shared that the Rushville Animal Shelter received a positive quarterly report from Dr. Rob Jackman, who performed the evaluation as one of the area veterinarians who oversee operations there.
The Parks Department reported that the Street Department is helping build a shelter at the West End Park.