Commissioners approved a contract for an ambulance service for Watersmeet Township
Written by Jesse Baroka on March 14, 2019
WATERSMEET – At last nights Gogebic County Board of Commissioners meeting commissioners approved a contract for an ambulance service for Watersmeet Township. The contract is for April 1 through Dec. 31 of this year, and will provide ambulance services by Aspirus Medevac for Watersmeet Township for $43,125. At a Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee meeting held prior to the general meeting, a lengthy discussion ensued about where the funds would come from to finance the expanded ambulance service across the county before millage funds become available. The county’s obligation is $93,000 per quarter. Board member Joe Bonovetz expressed hesitation about borrowing the money to cover the ambulance proposal. He said the fees associated funding the ambulance service would be avoided if the county could borrow the money from internal sources suggesting taking $300,000 from Forestry and $125,000 from the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund, to cover the cost for the rest of the year. Board member Jim Lorenson said taking the money from the Forestry Department could leave the county “cash-strapped.” Board member Tom Laabs said borrowing money through a tax anticipation note will cost the county approximately $11,000 for a $225,000 loan. The committee decided ultimately to borrow the money internally, but seek outside funds if they become necessary.