The Times Journal & Russell County News
Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014 — RUSSELL SPRINGS & JAMESTOWN, KENTUCKY — russellcounty.net
Get online news updates FREE - Subscribe:  [?]
Google

Ambulance Board says ‘yes’ to interlocal agreement
In Oct. 14 Issue
By Kim Graham
Times Journal Reporter

In a unanimous vote at their regularly scheduled meeting, the Russell County Ambulance Board approved a proposed interlocal agreement to keep 911 Dispatch in Russell County one year until permanent funding sources are allocated.

The new agreement, written by Russell County Ambulance Board Attorney Jeff Loy, details funding sources and payment schedules, creates an Emergency 911 Services Board, covers facilities and expenses, and specifies the duration of the agreement.

No provision for a restructure of the Ambulance Board is included in the new agreement, therefore the same board will continue to serve their allotted terms.

"I believe this agreement has addressed every entity's concerns and it's worded where everybody is happy," said Board Chairman James Gray.

Russell County Fiscal Court also voted this week to approve the new agreement.

Pending approval by Jamestown City Council and Russell Springs City Council, the new interlocal agreement would take effect beginning October 19, 2010.

"We do have approval by Gary Jennings with Link and we do have the AG approval," said Loy. "Upon approval by all the entities we're official."

Still board members expressed concern for a long term solution to funding issues.

"I want to make it plain that I don't think this is a fix, I really don't. I think it's a band aid but there again because of the need for an emergency service and because the people of Russell County need a 911 system, I'm willing to go along with it for a year," said Popplewell. "I think the county will find out it's not a fix too in the long run but we have to have a 911 service for the people and that's what we're here for is the people."

Board Member Leslie Simpson believes carrying out the agreement will reveal funding issues the EMS Board has dealt with in the past.

"It's one thing to tell somebody something but it's another thing to see it," said Simpson. "I think they're really going to see how much it really costs to run (911 Dispatch)…I think that's really going to be an eye opener for them."

For some, the one year agreement seems a brief time to address a permanent 911 Dispatch funding solution.

Gray stressed a need for action toward a long term solution to begin soon after the interlocal agreement is effective.

"I would hope that everybody by now has realized that within the next year there needs to be some type of permanent funding mechanism put in place for 911 because this is a one year agreement," said Gray. "I hope we don't wait 11 ½ months to try to figure it out but once the new judge is in place and the new fiscal court, whomever those people are, need to take this up fairly soon and not put it off…this is not a long term fix…hopefully we don't wait 11 ½ months to start thinking about it again."

The board went into executive session per KRS 61.810(1)f to discuss personnel matters.

All actions taken by the board when they returned from executive session were unanimously approved.

The board approved hiring Ronnie McGaha as a fulltime EMT and Robin Spoon as a Part-time Paramedic.

Approval was given by the board to issue $1 per hour pay raises to both Johnny Whitis, Shift Supervisor and Charlotte Embry, Office Manager.

In other business:

Ambulance replacement was discussed for unit 41. EMS Director Terry Hancock said they have continuously repaired ongoing mechanical and electrical problems and he recommended the board look at purchasing a new ambulance v/s refurbishing the vehicle to determine the most cost effective solution.

The board discussed making updates to the EMS handbook and Policies and EMS Procedures guidelines.

Establishing a standardized pay scale was discussed to provide fair and equitable salaries among EMS staff based on training and years of service.

Non Smoking policy discussion "All I'm saying is the rules that govern the upstairs, should govern the downstairs because it is the same building," Popplewell said.

Board Attorney Jeff Loy gave a report on the status of the lawsuit filed by James S. Faller II and Amy Mischler. Loy said an amended complaint was filed October 6th. He said Judge Douglas George from Springfield decided at a hearing held Monday that he will stay any order until the interlocal agreement is approved.

Content Management Powered by CuteNews
SUBSCRIBE to The Times Journal: CLICK HERE

SPONSORED LINKS


Publish Yourself PUBLISH YOURSELF
You can publish news about your group or organization directly to our site, using your computer.
CLICK HERE
Laker Band LAKER BAND
Visit the award-winning official web site for the Russell County Marching Band.
CLICK HERE
Lake Cumberland Web Cams LIVE WEB CAMS
Views of Lake Cumberland as it is right now, from a number of web cams.
CLICK HERE
Lake Cumberland LAKE CUMBERLAND
lakecumberland.com
Official site for Lake Cumberland with everything for the lake visitor and fisherman.
CLICK HERE
The Times Journal is a weekly newspaper issued on Thursdays. It was first published on October 13, 1949, by Andrew J. and Terry Norfleet.
-
P.O. Box 190
120 Wilson St.
Russell Springs KY 42642
Phone: 270-866-3191
Fax: 270-866-3198
Russell County News is a weekly newspaper issued on Saturdays, and is mailed free to every address in Russell County, Ky. It was first published on February 1, 1913.
-
404 Monument Square
Jamestown KY 42629
Phone: 270-343-5700
Publisher:
David Davenport
(publisher@tjrcn.com)
Managing Editor:
Greg Wells
(editor@tjrcn.com)
News & Sports Editor:
Derek Aaron
(sports@tjrcn.com)
Advertising Manager:
Stephanie Smith
(ads@tjrcn.com)
Business Manager:
Kim Haydon
(business@tjrcn.com)
Production Manager:
Renee Daffron
(people@tjrcn.com)
Jamestown Office:
Kim Graham
(rcnoffice@tjrcn.com)
PUBLIC MEETINGS
Members of the public may attend meetings. Boards or agencies may schedule other meetings at special times, but are required to notify the public.
FISCAL COURT: 2nd Monday of month, 6 p.m. in the Courthouse
RUSSELL SPRINGS CITY: 2nd Thursday of month, 6 p.m. in the City Hall Municipal Room
JAMESTOWN CITY: 3rd Thursday of month, 6 p.m. in basement meeting room at City Hall
SCHOOL BOARD: 3rd Monday of month, 6:30 p.m., Board of Education office in Jamestown
LIBRARY BOARD: 2nd Tuesday of month, 5 p.m. at Jamestown Library
AIRPORT BOARD: 1st Tuesday of month, 5 p.m. at Airport
TOURISM COMMISSION: 2nd Wednesday of month, 12:30 p.m. at Tourism Office
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 3rd Tuesday of month, noon at The Cove restaurant
LOCAL & AREA
NEWS SITES
The links below open new windows. We are not responsible for the content of the sites.
Laker Country WJRS
(Russell Springs)
lakercountry.com/
WKYM-1017 (Monticello)
wkym.com/
Adair Progress (Columbia)
adairprogress.com/
Casey County News (Liberty)
caseynews.net/
Clinton County News (Albany)
clintonnews.net/
Cumberland County News (Burkesville)
burkesville.com/ccn/
Wayne County Outlook (Monticello)
wcoutlook.com/
Somerset
Commonwealth-Journal
somerset-kentucky.com/
Danville
Advocate-Messenger
amnews.com/
Lexington Herald-Leader
kentucky.com/
Louisville Courier-Journal
courier-journal.com/
WKYT-TV, Lexington
wkyt.com/
WBKO-TV, Bowling Green
wbko.com/
USEFUL SITES
The links below open new windows. We are not responsible for the content of the sites.

RUSSELL CO. OFFICIALS
RUSSELL COUNTY SCHOOLS
RUSSELL CO. LIBRARY

LAKE CUMBERLAND
STATE RESORT PARK
TV LISTINGS:
Choose your service and provider
SOMERSET MOVIE SHOWTIMES

.