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Council to gauge public's interest in Air Evac program

At Monday night’s meeting, the Iowa Park City Council discussed ways to receive input from citizens on an Air Evac membership program to determine if there is enough interest.
At the September 19 meeting of the council, Air Evac representative Richard Allmon said the plan 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 any individual who resides in the City of Iowa Park when transported for medical purposes by Air Evac Lifeteam (or any AirMed Care Network Provider) would be covered under the standard terms and conditions for Air MedCare Network membership. He said, “Transport must be from a pick up location in Wichita County. 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.”
Allman said there are 157 households in Iowa Park that have full membership, and their membership would drop from $65 a year to $35 a year. Full membership waives the geographic restrictions and eliminates out of pocket responsibility to the uninsured.
The council is seeking public input on this and citizens can take a short survey at Iowa, or by calling city hall, 592-2131. A public notice can be found on Page 6A of this week’s edition of the Leader with information about the plan and instructions for submitting input.
Public hearings were held to determine if two vehicles, a 2001 Jaguar 4-door sedan and a 1993 Ford flatbed truck, both parked on private property at 1303 N. Pacific, should be abated in accordance with regulations outlined in the city’s Code of Ordinances.
Council voted to give the owner 45 days to bring the vehicles into compliance or they will be abated.
Bids received for two surplus vehicles were discussed. The bid of $4,100 from Joseph Green for the 2001 Chevy 3500 cargo van was accepted. Sam Henderson’s bid of $454 for the 1970 Kaiser Jeep cargo truck was also accepted.
The bid of $10,000 for surplus commercial property on James Drive and FM 368 by Wayne Chitwood was accepted.
Council authorized and approved the write-off of bad utility debts.
At the close of each fiscal year, the city writes off utility bills which have not had any activity within the three months prior to Oct. 1. This year’s write-offs total $13,202.62.
As in the past, the list of write-offs will be published in next week’s issue of the Leader.
Council approved entering into a new lease agreement with the Iowa Park Recreational Activities Club for one year with five one-year renewal options.
Also approved was a resolution amending the General Fund budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 to reflect the adjustments of revenues and expenditures necessary to maintain certain governmental services provided by the city.
Marilyn Putthoff appeared before the council to invite citizens to attend an event to pray for peace for our country on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 12-noon by the flag pole in Oscar Park.