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Belleville News-Democrat | 02/22/2006 | Glen Carbon aiming at ambulance service
"That is our goal, to be able to have an ambulance respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year," said Carl Walton, president of the Glen Carbon Fire Protection District.Walton also serves as assistant chief for the Fire Department.The Edwardsville City Council
passed a resolution Tuesday in favor of an intergovernmental agreement between the Edwardsville Fire Department
and the Glen Carbon Fire Protection District
The one-year contract compensates the Edwardsville Fire Department
$100,000 for providing ambulance service to residents of the Glen Carbon Fire Protection District
, which includes about 12,000 people.The district also compensated Abbott Lifeforce Ambulance $30,000 for service to the southern portion of the district.
The difference in the payments is related to the call volume to each service, Walton
The district agreed to pay ambulance providers if the ambulance tax was approved by voters, Walton
said.In 2004, voters approved the creation of the ambulance taxing district, which resulted in a tax of 10 cents per $100 assessed valuation for district property owners.Also in 2004, the Edwardsville Fire Department
informed Glen Carbon Fire Protection District
it would no longer be able to provide service to the district's southern portion because of Edwardsville's expanding coverage area.
Of the $300,000 revenue generated by the tax last year, about $170,000 went into the district's accumulation fund for future purchases, Walton
said.Next year, Walton
said the district plans to buy two ambulances for about $135,000 each.
"Because of Edwardsville's growth and because of Maryville's growth, their call volume is going up," said Carl Walton, president of the Glen Carbon Fire Protection District (GCFPD) Board, at the board's meeting Wednesday night.
When, as Walton
said, Edwardsville's ambulance call volume increased to the point where service was affected, something had to give.
In the fall of 2003, Edwardsville EMS
notified the GCFPD
that effective March 1 of this year, it could no longer be the primary ambulance provider to the southern portion of the GCFPD area, citing delays in response time and an increasing percentage of calls coming from the GCFPD area.
At the same time, Maryville EMS which had served as backup to the Edwardsville service, was experiencing higher call volume, too.While able to provide backup service, Maryville wasn't interested in being the primary responder to the southern area.
After checking out several other ambulance providers, Walton
announced that arrangements had been made with Abbott Lifeforce Ambulance to provide primary response to the southern portion of the GCFPD
and to provide secondary service to the northern portion of the district.
has received word that the developer of Savannah Crossing subdivision will petition to have the entire subdivision annexed into the GCFPD
also said there is a small pocket of apartments near where Old Troy Road intersects with Cottonwood Road that is not in any fire district.He said he has contacted the owner of the apartments to let him know and inquire whether he would like to petition for the whole area to be annexed into GCFPD.
reported to the board about property between the Fire Department's monument and Dairy Queen.He
said the board was under the impression that an agreement was made with the village of Glen Carbon whereby the Fire District would grant three easements on its property at Station 2 and in exchange the village would deed the property next to the Dairy Queen to the Fire District.
"But, I told him, I've got news for you," Walton
suggested that the board get a surveyor to determine the exact boundaries of the Fire District's
property at Station 2.Besides, he
said, if the road is to be built, there should be no need for an easement to get to the water tower.
Carl Walton, president of the Glen Carbon Fire Protection District Board of Trustees, said a canvass of the vote after absentee ballots were counted revealed the referendum about an ambulance district squeaked by with just 22 votes to spare.
said it is incumbent on the board to keep in mind that although a majority of voters in the district want an ambulance district, almost as many are against it.He
will keep this uppermost in mind when making decisions about the ambulance service.
said some firefighters may have sets of gear at both fire stations instead of in their vehicles.
showed board members a coat with metal grommets on the outside where the sleeve meets the coat and mesh on the inside to allow for ventilation.
"This coat no longer meets fire safety specifications," Walton
said a clothing rack will also be put into the storage room so the coats can be hung up instead of stored in boxes.This will help prolong the life of the gear, he
has been advised by Jim Sinclair, legal counsel for the Fire District, that each time the Fire Department responds to a collision caused by a drunk driver who is consequently cited for driving under the influence, the department can seek reimbursement for the firefighters and EMT's time and the use of the equipment.
"We can get the defendant's name from the Police Department that gave the ticket and the case number from the county," he
said."We can seek reimbursement at the rate of $125 per vehicle, per hour and at $35 per firefighter, per hour."The request is turned in to the county and the state's attorney's office will add it to the fine and collect it. Walton
said the Troy Fire Protection District has declined to transfer the Fairfield subdivision to the Glen Carbon Fire Protection District
has not heard back from anyone about the proposed Savannah Crossing subdivision which is partly in the Troy district and partly in the Glen Carbon district and partly in no district at all.
said a decision may be made at the special meeting on Dec. 14, provided it is added to the agenda in advance.
Assistant Fire Chief Carl Walton, treasurer of the Glen Carbon Fire Protection District, met with the committee to explain the fire district's plans to ask for an ambulance tax on the November ballot.
"And in some cases, the village extends past the limits of the fire district," Walton
said the Ronald J. Foster Bike Trail that lies behind Village Circle is not in any district, nor is the proposed Savannah Crossing subdivision.
"We would require annexation into our district and it would be better if the developer would apply for the entire subdivision before any of the houses are sold, otherwise we would have to deal with them one at a time which could take a long time," Walton
said."There are also a couple of commercial properties that are not in our fire district.One, Mechanic's Planing Mill, has applied for annexation." Walton
said the Glen Carbon Fire Protection District
is working toward having its own ambulance district, but even if the tax is approved in November, the fire district won't see any money until June or July of 2005.
"By state law, we cannot spend our fire protection taxes on ambulances," Walton
told the committee that arrangements have been made for Edwardsville
to provide the primary ambulance response for portions of the fire district that are north of Interstate 270 and Martin Acres.Abbot Life Force will provide primary service to the areas south of there and will serve as the secondary response for the northern portion of the district when Edwardsville
is unable to respond.
Laughlin Ambulance will provide secondary backup to the southern portion. Walton
said Maryville will provide the third backup response to both areas in the event none of the above are able to respond.
Edwardsville Intelligencer - Budget reaches $1 million
Carl Walton, president of the Fire District Board of Trustees, was reappointed to a three-year term by the Madison County Board.Trustee Tom Kowalski moved to keep the same officers for the next term and all were re-elected, Walton as president, Kowalski as secretary and Alexia Eberhardt as treasurer.
said the board can check to see if the workers have legal papers.
said they should get one that is large enough to display artifacts from the more than 100-year history of the Fire Department.
...Walton called for a special meeting of the Ambulance Committee for 7 p.m. on June 13 to discuss the financial outlook for the future ambulance service.
Trustees voted to accept a bid of $4,085 from Banner Fire Equipment to paint truck 1984, including putting an aluminum coating on the top of the cab.Walton
said the original bid was for $3,458 without the aluminum top.
The rest of the meeting was spent going over the proposed budget line item by line item.