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Council considering citywide Air Evac coverage

by Dolores Hamilton
The Iowa Park City Council is considering a membership program with Air Evac that would cover everyone living in Iowa Park.
The program, as explained to the council Monday night by Air Evac representative Richard Allmon, would cover everyone living in Iowa Park for the cost of 92-cents per month, per household and could possibly be added to their monthly water bill.
Allmon said that any individual who resides in the City of Iowa Park when transported for medical purposes by Air Evac Lifeteam (or any AirMedCare Network Provider) would be covered under the standard terms and conditions for AirMedCare Network membership. “Transport must be from a pick up location in Wichita County,” he said. “Those with insurance fly free, but If the person is uninsured at the time of transport, Air Evac Lifeteam will bill the covered person at the Medicare allowable rate.”
Air Evac flights range in cost from $40,000 to $50,000 for those who are not members.
“There are 157 households in Iowa Park that are now Air Evac members, and their membership would drop from $65 a year to $35 a year.
Allmon said Foard and Throckmorton Counties, among several in Texas, are going with this plan.
The council tabled the proposal to give them time to decide on ways to survey the citizens and receive input.
The council discussed the revised bid from ProFab Welding and Construction for construction of an animal reclaim center.
The original bid was $298,960 for a 16-kennel, 2,300 sq. ft. facility. The revised bid of $165,427 is for a 10-kennel, 2,100 sq. ft. structure.
Additional features needed, such as a place to keep cats, and the possibility of future expansion was discussed.
“Obviously this is not the final package yet, but if you’re comfortable with the overall concept, let us know and we’ll take it to 4B and start working on financing,” City Manager Jerry Flemming told the council.
Last year the Community Development Corporation (4B) voted to make debt payments on a loan of up to $200,000 for the facility.
The council voted to send plans for the facility to 4B for the board’s approval and help with financing.
Separate public hearings were held to determine the status of a residential structure at 621 W. Clara, a 2001 Hyundai 4-door sedan at 610 E. Cash, and a 1992 Chevrolet pickup located at 412 W. Poe, and if they should be abated.
Owner of the house at 621 W. Clara was given 45 days to replace the garage door and secure the structure. Owners of the vehicles at 610 E. Cash and 412 W. Poe were given 45 days to bring their vehicles up to code or remove them from the property.
The second public hearing on the budget was held. Flemming proposed a revision to the budget adjusting the proposed rates for water services and it was approved by the council.
The second public hearing was to discuss a proposal to increase total tax revenues from properties on the certified tax rolls. Flemming explained that the tax rate has not changed, but since some properties have increased in value, that increases overall taxes collected by the city.
No comments were made by those in the audience.
Council approved amendments of the city’s wholesale water contracts with the City of Electra, Horseshoe Bend Estate Homeowners’ Association, Wichita Valley Water Supply Corporation and the Iowa Park Consolidated Independent School District.
There was a decrease in water rates for all four.
In other business, the council approved:
- The revised service agreement between the City of Iowa Park and the Iowa Park Chamber of Commerce;
- Authorized city manager to purchase a backhoe and one-ton flatbed truck for the Street Department, and a pickup and utility vehicle for the Parks Department;
- Purchasing two $75,000 certificates of deposit in the first quarter of FY 2016/2017 for the General Fund reserve;
- Purchasing five $50,000 certificates of deposit in the fourth quarter of FY2015/2016, and five more in the first quarter of FY 2016/2017 to create a Utility Fund reserve; and
- Set Oct. 15 as the date for a meeting of the city council to discuss job descriptions, essential job functions and minimum qualifications for the four department heads and city manage positions.
A resolution was approved prohibiting fishing to the general public at Lake Gordon from 8 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, until 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, except for participants of the city’s FishFest event.
Mayor Ray Schultz read a proclamation proclaiming September 17 through 23, 2016 as “Constitution Week” in Iowa Park.