By HELEN HANNAN Courier correspondent
---- — BLAKESBURG — Ambulance fees will soon increase in Blakesburg.
The Blakesburg City Council approved a resolution at its special session this week to substantially increase ambulance fees, review the resolution every three years and adjust fees as necessary.
Councilperson Vicky Wiley said if the fees had been raised gradually as operational costs increased, the new fees would not be such a shock. She said the fees had not been increased for many years, and every time the ambulance went out, the First Responders lost money.
Also an EMT with the First Responders, she described some of the major additions and improvements of equipment and treatments available since the current fee schedule was set. Basic fee changes include mileage, $19 per mile from patient pick-up to destination of treatment facility; basic life support, $970; advance life support, $3,700, which would include at least three medications by I.V. and at least intubations, defibrillation or cardioversion.
The council also accepted the resignation of Councilman Alan Bettis, who is moving away. His resignation is effective immediately.
The council plans to begin the process of replacing Bettis as soon as possible. Mayor Jason Myers said the council vacancy will be advertised. Persons interested in temporarily filling the position are asked to submit a letter of interest either mailed or taken to City Hall.
The council will review all letters of interest before appointing someone to fill the vacancy until the next election, at which time a candidate will be elected to serve the remainder of Bettis’ term.
In other business, the council accepted the resignation of Fonda DeWild, approved an agreement between the city and the Blakesburg Historical Preservation Society and tabled a hearing on investment repayment until the next meeting.