EUREKA SPRINGS -- "I'm ready to sign. Mayor, are you ready to sign?" John Dolce said in his last meeting as Chair of the Western Carroll County Ambulance District.
Eureka Springs Mayor Morris Pate said he was ready and they sat down together and John Hancocked the contract which stipulates that the City of Eureka Springs will provide ambulance service for WCCAD through June 30, 2017.
After the signing Pate said, "Our guys have been working hard, hot and heavy lately. There have been some tragic accidents, and our guys were professionals. I wish things had turned out differently, but they didn't, and that is why we have a good ambulance service -- for things we can't control."
The contract states that if the two parties mutually agree and notice is given at least 180 days before the end date, the agreement can be extended for one period of five years.
* Judge Sam Barr swore in Ken Mills as a new commissioner. He will serve as secretary.
* In the financial report, commissioner Chuck Olson announced the district started the month of May with a balance of $299,827 and ended the month with $345,443.
* Dolce noticed in the Performance Report that eight of the 50 calls Holiday Island responded to in May had delays, although they were short. Commissioner Joe McClung asked Pate to make sure someone from Eureka Springs Fire Department attended the meeting to discuss the performance report and answer questions.
* EMR Alliance Chair Lynn Palmer announced that eight responders have committed to attending the EMS conference in Hot Springs August 1-5. She also said they will complete changing the banding for all hand-held radios before the end of July.
* Holiday Island Fire Chief Jack Deaton announced he needs volunteers for the Holiday Island fireworks display on July 4. He also needs volunteers for the swimming section of the Eureka Springs Multisport Festival in August.
* Olson reported that previous arrangements for storage of district records at the courthouse in Berryville have changed. Unforeseen circumstances arose, and he will go to the courthouse again to look for space. He said the records should be part of the county archives and he will start his search for space again.
At the conclusion of business, Palmer presented Dolce with a celebratory cake in honor of his years of service to the district.
Next meeting will be Tuesday, July 24, 4 p.m., at the Grassy Knob Fire Station.