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Clark County

April 3, 2009

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Yellow Ambulance Service will continue to provide service to the Jeffersonville-annexed area of Utica Township until at least May 2012, and the Clark County Commissioners cannot make any changes to the arrangement without the agreement of all parties involved, according to County Attorney Greg Fifer.

The commissioners have been deliberating a territory dispute between Yellow Ambulance and Utica-based New Chapel EMS since January.

The New Chapel contract with the county defines the ambulance company’s service area as “Utica Township and Jeffersonville Township east of Ind. 62, excluding the city of Jeffersonville incorporated areas.” Yellow Ambulance’s service area is defined as “the city of Jeffersonville, in its entirety.”

The annexation created an obvious overlap.

In January, calls in the Jeffersonville-annexed part of Utica Township started being routed to Yellow Ambulance dispatch. Utica Township Fire and EMS Commissioner Jamey Noel brought the issue to the attention of the commissioners in January.

Commissioner Les Young told the other commissioners that Jeffersonville Mayor Tom Galligan had been agreeable to a proposed compromise presented to the commissioners by New Chapel attorney Tom Lowe at the commissioners meeting last month when Young and Galligan met to discuss the matter Monday. However, Fifer told the commissioners Galligan wanted the contracts to remain as written.

Fifer told the commissioners the only way that the territories could be changed without legal implications would be to gain agreement of all parties involved, including the city of Jeffersonville, Yellow Ambulance and New Chapel EMS.

Sherman Hockenbury, of Yellow Ambulance, told the commissioners it has lived up to its end of the deal since service calls in Utica Township started being routed to the company.

“We’ve added coverage, we’ve added resources,” Hockenbury said. “We’ve spent money.”

Neither Noel or Lowe were present at the meeting.

Jeffersonville City Councilman Mike Smith told the commissioners that the Jeffersonville Fire Department and the International Firefighters Association chapter supported Yellow Ambulance.

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