The Sheridan City Council considered a contract for EMS Monday night. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter was there for the meeting that lasted just shy of five hours.
City Clerk Scott Badley presented the Council with a contract proposal for EMS with Rocky Mountain Ambulance. The contract, for the next 11 months of the fiscal year, was finalized Monday. Prior to the vote on the contract, the Council listened to comments from supporters of Sheridan Fire-Rescue along with a number of employees with the City of Sheridan.
The Council was also addressed by Marc Ketcham of Rocky Mountain Ambulance.
The Council voted unanimously, 6-0, to accept the contract. Councilor Steve Brantz, who was taking part in the meeting via teleconference, lost the connection and could not be reached before the vote was taken. After the meeting was over, I caught up with Local Firefighters Union President George Neeson who had this reaction to Council's decision.
The contract for ambulance service with Rocky Mountain goes into effect August 1. The subsidy from the City is in the amount of $99,000 and the two City ambulances currently used by SFR will be leased to Rocky Mountain at a price of $1,000 per month. We'll have more regarding Council's decision to privatize EMS for you later today.