City approves EMS contract

Iola Council members approved a new contract Wednesday evening for the city to continue providing ambulance services for all of Allen County. The contract now goes to the County Commission for its approval.

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May 24, 2023 - 6:58 PM

Iola is one step closer to ensuring it will continue to provide countywide ambulance service.

Iola City Council members agreed Wednesday to terms on a revised five-year contract with Allen County to continue providing countywide EMS.

The 5-1 vote came during a special meeting Wednesday evening at Iola City Hall. Voting in favor were Mark Peters, Kim Peterson, Joelle Shallah, Carl Slaugh and Joel Wicoff. Council member Nickolas Kinder provided the only opposing vote. Councilmen Josiah D’Albini and Nich Lohman were absent.

Wednesday’s meeting capped a busy day for negotiators, including Mayor Steve French, Allen County EMS Director Michael Burnett and Iola Fire Chief Corey Isbell, who huddled privately with county commissioners Wednesday morning, and again in the evening with the City Council.

The contract now goes back to Allen County commissioners for their approval.

“It’s in their hands now,” French said after the city’s vote.

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