Washington Board of Supervisors OK EMSA council, by-laws

By Mary Zielinski
Posted 9/14/21

In less than a half-hour on Monday, Sept. 13, the Washington County Board of Supervisors formally approved the resolution for the county’s Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSA) …

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Washington Board of Supervisors OK EMSA council, by-laws

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In less than a half-hour on Monday, Sept. 13, the Washington County Board of Supervisors formally approved the resolution for the county’s Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSA) by-laws and in a separate item learned that a road work bid came in more than 40% under estimate.

The advisory council resolution, deferred from last week, included adding two representatives for the municipalities in the northern and southern tiers of the county, drawn from council members, city administrators or city officials. There will be one to represent Riverside, Wellman, West Chester and Kalona and one to serve Washington (city), Ainsworth, Brighton and Crawfordsville.

All 16 EMSA members will have two-years terms and can serve only two consecutive terms. Meetings are quarterly on the last Thursday of January, April, July and October at 7 p.m., with the location determined by the chairperson. Officers will be elected by the council members from their group. The council, by unanimous vote, became effective September 13.

The bid opening for the grading project on West 18th Street in Washington (via a 28E agreement between the city and county) resulted in a low winning bid that is more than 40% lower than the $125,000 estimated. The lowest bid of three bidders was West Fork of Victor, Iowa at $82,688.12; other bids were Diamond of Minneapolis, Minnesota at $129,369.40 and Cedar Falls Construction of Cedar Falls, Iowa at $107,699. Work is expected to be done this fall.

In other business, the board:

• acknowledged the quarterly Secondary Roads report that noted 610 feet of varying size pipe replaced or re-laid in 13 locations, 63,080 tons of road rock hauled onto surfaces and 4,000 feet of ditches cleared out. There also were nine construction projects, including the bridge replacement on 130th Street in Wellman, completion of the grading on Vine Avenue, north of Highway 22 and starting the review process to replace superstructure for Martin Bridge on Elm Avenue.

Among new hires for the department was a new maintenance superintendent and a new equipment operator to fill vacancies created by retirements. And the county engineer continues to serve as the South Central Vice President for the National Association of County Engineers;

•approved changing Connor Tarvin from regular full-time to regular part-time ambulance department paramedic at $23.22 hourly, effective October 5;

•approved a secondary roads use request for the Red Flag Horseless Carriage Tour (antique automobiles) for September 23 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wayland Road, 250th Street, Hemlock Avenue, 330th Avenue and 300th Street (G-62). It is an annual event that this year includes Washington and Henry counties; and

•approved a motion temporarily retaining the county’s current meal reimbursement rates of $12 for breakfast, $15 for lunch and $29 for dinner, pending further review and information of rates and policies throughout the state.

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