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December 11, 2012

Decision on Sellersburg water rates stalled

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SELLERSBURG — Ambulance service

Sellersburg was presented with a proposal that would guarantee a greater level of ambulance service to the town if it signed a contract with Rural Metro Corp. ambulance service.

Rural Metro Corp. purchased Sellersburg Volunteer Fire Department’s ambulance service, which operated as Clark County Emergency Medical Services, last year. The deal was approved by the Clark County Commissioners and carried the same provisions agreed to by Sellersburg VFD on the contract that extended through 2017.

But Dan Gillespie, Indiana division general manager with Rural Metro Corp., was on-hand at the Sellersburg town council meeting to ask the town to enter into an agreement of its own.

“Basically, what we’re asking the towns and the townships to do is to enter into agreements individually,” he said. “It allows us to put a little bit of control back in your hands. Right now, there’s no dedicated ambulance to Sellersburg.”

According to the deal with Clark County, seven ambulances are required to be in the county at all times. If Sellersburg agreed to the deal, the only difference would be a dedicated ambulance to the town, and the contract with the town would extend beyond county contract. The county contract guarantees the same response time offered in the Sellersburg deal.

“The only difference is if they have seven emergencies, they will bring another ambulance into our community,” said Councilman Brian Meyer.

The council tabled a decision on entering into the contract.

Contract approval

The town council renewed the contract with Elder to act as town attorney.

There was no change in pay for the annual contract, which totals $52,000, and it was unanimously approved.

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