Washington Evening Journal
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Washington, IA 52353
A decision on a location for the new Washington County Ambulance Department could be made as early as Monday, June 8. That's the date when the supervisors will meet in a special 9 a.m. meeting and go into closed session to 'discuss the purchase of particular real estate only where premature disclosure could be reasonably expected to increase the price the governmental body would have to pay for that property.” According the meeting agenda, the supervisors will discuss action regarding the purchase and or lease or real estate following the closed session.
Following a special meeting held in closed session Friday, June 5, the supervisors instructed County Auditor Dan Widmer, County Treasurer Jeff Garrett, Supervisor Stan Stoops and Elliott Realty to offer an undisclosed party $340,000 for property to house the new service which is to become operational July 1. Meeting in special session Wednesday, June 3, the supervisors instructed Widmer, Garrett and Stoops to work with Elliott Realty to secure an adequate facility to house the new department.
After weeks of tabling the subject of the county leasing or purchasing the assets of Washington County Ambulance, Inc. to be used by the county ambulance service, the issue was taken off the table altogether June 1. It was listed on the agenda for the supervisors' regular meeting on that date but Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. reported that Washington County Ambulance Inc. was no longer interested in pursuing the agreement with the county. There was no further discussion on the matter.