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Ordinance 2008-03

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL
OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON,
STATE OF ARKANSAS, AN ORDINANCE
TO BE ENTITLED:
AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE APPROVING AN
INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT FOR AMBULANCE
SERVICES ("AGREEMENT") BETWEEN
WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS ("COUNTY")
AND THE CITIES OF ELKINS, FARMINGTON,
FAYETTEV1LLE, GOSHEN, GREENLAND,
LINCOLN, PRAIRIE GROVE, WEST FORK,
WINSLOW AND JOHNSON ("CITIES"); AND TO
ESTABLISH THE AMBULANCE AUTHORITY AND
CENTRAL EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES AS
THE EXCLUSIVE EMERGENCY AND NONEMERENCY
AMBULANCE SERVICE WITHIN THE
CITIES.
WHEREAS, A.C.A. §14-14-910 and A.C.A.§ 14-266-101 et
seq. authorize cities and counties to enter into contracts to co-operate or join with each
other to provide services; such to specify the responsibilities of all parties; and,
WHEREAS, all parties acknowledge that the continued
provision of ambulance service is crucial for the continued health and safety of the
residents of the named Cities and the County; and,
WHEREAS, the County and Cities mutually agree that the
creation of an Ambulance Authority or similar entity as provided for in A.C.A. §14-14-
910 and §14-266-101 et. seq. is in the best long-term interests of the parties; and,
WHEREAS, said Authority should consist of representatives of
the above named Cities and the County; and,
WHEREAS, all parties acknowledge that the formation of such
an Authority will demand close and continued cooperation of all parties, and,
WHEREAS, in order to save taxpayer money and to reduce the
need for taxpayer revenue to subsidize the furnishing of emergency ambulance service
to our citizens, the Ambulance Authority and CEMS should be designated the exclusive
provider of emergency and non-emergency ambulance service within all cities that are
party to this agreement.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY
COUNCIL OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS:
ARTICLE 1. That the City Council of the City of Johnson,
Arkansas, hereby approves the Interlocal Agreement For Ambulance Services attached
as Exhibit A, authorizes the Mayor to sign this agreement, and designates the
Ambulance Authority created by this agreement to operate Centra! Emergency Medical
Services as the exclusive emergency and non-emergency ambulance services provider
throughout Johnson and every other city which is a party to this agreement as broadly
as authorized in A.C.A. §14-266-102 and 105.
ARTICLE 2. Emergency Clause: It is hereby determined that it
is in Washington County's best interest for this contract to be authorized, and the
general welfare of the citizens are affected by such in that the provision of emergency
services by a regional, publicly owned entity is critical to the viability and quality of
emergency services in Washington County and the cities therein due to the ability to
control cost; therefore an emergency is declared to exist and this ordinance shall be and
is effective from the date of its passage.