New WCCAD board members to start in July

Friday, March 21, 2014
Although not sworn in yet to sit on the board, Judy Giggey, far right, of Beaver Meadows sits and observes Tuesday's meeting of the Western Carroll County Ambulance Commission Board alongside, from left, seated, Jim Simmons, Joe McClung, Jr., and Ken Mills. Giggey, along with Marie Lee of Grassy Knob, will be joining the board in July, pending approval of the county judge, which will bring board membership to five as per a change in state law last year.

EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Western Carroll County Ambulance District will go a little longer without its new five-member complement board, the current board decided at its regular meeting Tuesday.

The board is expanding to five members due to a change in state law last year. Chairman Joe McClung, Jr., said the two new members, Judy Giggey of Beaver Meadows and Marie Lee of Grassy Knob, are "willing to serve but not confirmed."

They have to be sworn in by the county judge, and an ordinance passed by the Quorum Court to change the makeup of the board from three to five.

Giggey was at the meeting, observing.

"Both would prefer shorter terms," McClung said. "The positions will begin July 1."

One commissioner will serve four years and the other five; after that they will revert to staggered three-year terms, like other commissioners.

He said he would take the names to the judge for his approval.

Holiday Island Fire Chief Jack Deaton, who also serves on the Quorum Court as a Justice of the Peace, said he would sponsor the ordinance.

"We can get them sworn in in June so they can start in July," he said.

With the new five member complement, all rural fire districts will now be represented on the board. In the past, two board members were chosen from Inspiration Point, Grassy Knob and Eureka Springs Rural on a rotational basis, with a constant Holiday Island member because that community has the most emergency calls. Current members are McClung for Eureka Springs Rural, Ken Mills for Holiday Island and Jim Simmons for Inspiration Point. Giggey will represent Holiday Island Rural, which includes the Beaver area and areas up on Hwy. 23 North; and Lee, Grassy Knob.

In other business, the board:

* Approved the financial report, covering the period 1/1/14 to 2/28/14. The district received a total of $8,919.37 in tax payments and interest and had $105.52 in expenses, leaving a net income of $8,813.85 for the period. Overall, the district has $89,908.02 in checking and $222,674.63 in CDs and money market accounts, for a total of $312,582.65.

* Heard during the Emergency Medical Responder reports that a new EMR/EMT has joined the Eureka Springs Rural department, a retired anesthesiologist who lives on County Road 108, in the Hogscald area. This area has been sparsely covered by EMRs, so the news was welcomed.

* Heard during the EMR Alliance report that Eureka Springs Hospital will work with the Alliance to order EMRs their required Hepatitis B shots, although it is not part of the contract to provide the TB vaccine at a reduced cost.

* Heard Mills report the 2012-13 audit will be done by Christie Biles for $700 for both years.

* Heard the ambulance performance reports for the period. Of a total of 91 calls, Holiday Island continues to have the most, with 53; followed by Eureka Springs Rural, with 20; Inspiration Point, 8; Grassy Knob, 6 and Holiday Island Rural, 4.

WCCAD's next meeting is scheduled for May 20, at the Holiday Island District Office at 110 Woodsdale Dr.

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