A host of questions remained unanswered in relation to Chickasaw County starting and running its own ambulance service.
The County has pledged using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to help pay for startup costs, with cities throughout the County to provide financial support for general operations. And even though Nashua and Alta Vista have elected NOT to participate, Supervisor Jacob Hackman said that shouldn’t preclude them from receiving ARPA money.
Hackman added that they could also consider that any ARPA money dispensed to the cities be earmarked for emergency services.
Supervisor Jason Byrne noted that while the County wants to serve all its citizens, they also shouldn’t be obligated to help fund a separate ambulance service if Nashua and/or Alta Vista contract with a provider outside the County.
The County is pushing to have their public ambulance service up and running by January 1, 2023, but still has various issues to address, including reasonable prices for the purchase of equipment as well as how to staff it. Supervisor Chair Matt Kuhn says the County will also seek additional advice from SaveTech Solutions, the company that did an ambulance survey for the County this past spring.