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March 1, 2013

Clark may end contract with Rural/Metro

Health department claims ambulance service broke rules, underserved county



“About every three or four years, there seems to be some sort of ambulance controversy in Clark County,” Perkins said. “It’s cyclical. It’s come back around again. But we feel confident that we’re going to solve that problem and we know that we have several ambulance services besides Yellow that can step in and fill the void.”



The commissioners unanimously voted to declare an emergency and spend $155,256 out of the county’s cumulative capital fund for road treatments and overtime pay for road workers resulting from snowy and icy weather. 

“I’d like everyone to pray we don’t have anymore bad weather,” Commissioner Jack Coffman said, who added that additional inclement weather could result in an additional expense to the county. 



The commissioners authorized River Hills Executive Director Jill Saegesser to pursue an up-to $400,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the renovation of the Marysville Community Center, which was damaged by the March 2, 2012 tornadoes. 

The local match for the grant would be at least 10 percent of the funds requested, and would be paid either by the community center or by March2Recovery, Saegesser said. 



Concerns raised by Patricia Vogt, a Clark County resident whose home is near the Southern Indiana Clinic — also commonly known as the methadone clinic — were addressed by County Attorney Jake Elder. 

Elder told Vogt that he had met with the director of the clinic, and that the owners are open to meeting with the public to address concerns about activity at the clinic. The clinic is also open to forming a citizen board of trustees, which could potentially include a county commissioner.  

Vogt had appeared at a board meeting in January to talk about the clinic’s long operating hours and traffic issues caused by its presence in the neighborhood. 

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