The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

April 19, 2013

Blakesburg ambulance fees to see increase

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.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • The most fun you ever had

    OTTUMWA — Not every child's idea will be possible — but every idea was recorded. "Kaboom" project manager Brenna Hull of the nonprofit group's San Francisco office was in Ottumwa Tuesday. She asked students at the Ottumwa school district what they'd like to see in a playground.

    April 22, 2014

  • 0423 OTT Recycle center color photo 2 -T -M Where every day is Earth Day

    OTTUMWA — Putting cans in the correct bin, saving electricity and adjusting the thermostat are not new concepts to the Ottumwa/Wapello Recycling Center staff. "We try to practice what we preach," said Janice Bain,

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0423 OTT lottery retailers graph -T -M Hoping for riche$ — Part 2

    OTTUMWA — We’ve all heard countless stories of lottery winners and losers. The winners, some of whom hold down multiple jobs, have modest dreams for now. One wants to buy a new home or car, another wants to pay of their debts or give to charity and e

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story

  • 0423 OTT Byway color photo -L -T -M Bike the Byway coming to southeast Iowa

    OTTUMWA — The first Bike the Byway ride will feature communities along the Historic Hills Scenic Byway and make for a fun day of bike riding. Scheduled for June 21, the ride will begin in Ottumwa and take cyclists through Blakesburg, Unionville, Drak

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story

  • 0423 OTT Tupper cover bw -L -T -M The 24-hour news cycle OTTUMWA — It's a story of political campaigning, dark secrets and the painful glare of the national spotlight — and Ottumwa plays a cameo role. In J. Mark Powell's new novel "Tell It Like Tupper," several southern Iowa towns provide much of the story

    April 22, 2014 4 Photos

  • 0423 OTT Reminisce color photo -L -T -M 'On the Riverfront' draws a crowd OTTUMWA — The Des Moines River has been the defining feature of Ottumwa since its early days, and the crowd who attended Tuesday's Reminisce Society presentation proves it's still an immensely popular topic. The Ottumwa Public Library's meeting room

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0423 OTT artist rendering color -L -T -M New look for Jefferson Street parking lot OTTUMWA — More improvements are on their way to downtown Ottumwa. During a special meeting of the Ottumwa City Council Monday night, council members approved a memorandum of understanding with the Legacy Foundation to improve the parking lot south of

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Happier students, higher scores OTTUMWA — It's nearly a cliche in the business world: "Happy workers are productive workers." Schools are testing whether "Happier students are higher achieving students." "That sense of belonging [drives people] to achievement," said Davis Eidahl, s

    April 21, 2014

  • Legacy Foundation announces $150,000 in grant awards OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation has announced the names of its newest Bright Ideas Community Enrichment Fund partners as 14 grants were recently awarded to local nonprofit organizations totaling $150,000. “We received $350,000 in fun

    April 21, 2014

  • 0422 OTT Lottery graph -T -L -M Hoping for riche$ — Part 1

    OTTUMWA — Despite a struggling economy — or perhaps because of it — Iowa lottery tickets sales have surged over the past decade in southeast Iowa. Since the lottery began 1985, its players have won more than $3.2 billion in prizes while the lottery h

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story

Photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook
E-edition