New Hampton, Iowa – The Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday morning to find a solution to the ongoing ambulance crisis. They came up with two ideas, one litigate against the cities and the other fund an ambulance service.
Members moved to file a lawsuit against the county’s cities for restitution, further claims and for a petition of mandamus, which orders a government body to fulfill their duties.
Outside council Carlton Salmoms represents the board and says the goal is to get the cities to pay their share of the service.
The motion allows for legal counsel and the county attorney’s office to “initiate, file and follow through with litigation regarding obligation by municipal entities to fund ambulance services…”
The board of supervisors came to an understanding with current service provider Jeremy McGrath and it extends a contract for two years.
McGrath’s attorney Nate Schwickerath says they came to an “oral agreement.”
Year one is worth $165,000 and year two is $195,000.
The supervisors voted to stay in the ambulance council, too.