A public hearing on whether a special service district should be formed to govern emergency medical services and the county fire department was continued a second time when fire department officials from Eureka, Levan, Mona and the county fire marshal had more questions than there were answers at Monday's hearing.
The hearing had been continued from August because emergency medical technicians from the county's two ambulance organizations had questions about the way the special service district would be set up. "We continued the hearing for several weeks to this date to take additional comment," said Don Eyre Jr., Juab County attorney.Most of the 20 people attending the hearing Monday expressed concerns. The hearing will now be continued until Oct. 15.
Meantime, members from Nephi, Eureka, Mona and Levan fire departments, the county fire marshal and representatives from the county's two emergency medical associations will meet and study concerns. They will also invite a member of the Millard County special services district, which deals with fire protection and emergency medical technicians to discuss that county's organization.
In August, association members were concerned about liability insurance costs, had questions about how the association would be funded and wondered how many members the proposed board would have and who those members would be.
Chris Neilsen of East Juab Ambulance Association was asked to investigate the insurance problem and report to the commission.
Neilsen reported Monday that liability insurance would cost the county $18,415. The money would provide coverage for county fire vehicles only.
At Monday evening's meeting, fire department representatives had questions about the way the board would be set up and how the board would determine who got what.
"The board would still contract with the city fire departments for fire standby," said Eyre, "just as the county does now." Otherwise cities would continue to control their own departments.
The board would design its own bylaws, said Commissioner Jim Garrett.
The first board would be appointed by the commission. Commission Chairman Joseph Bernini said it would have five to seven members, representing each of the organizations.
Mona mayor, Greg Newton, said he had contacted Millard County where there is a similar organization. He asked them to send a copy of their board bylaws. They have a 10-member board, he said. Newton suggested that, if it were not imperative to make an immediate decision, more time be allowed.
Newton said he did not realize the fire departments would be part of the special service district until Friday when he attended the meeting with Neilsen.
Eureka Mayor Don Trealoar said he had not been aware of the proposal. "This matter needs a lot more study," he said.
The state Community Impact Board wanted the special services district formed, explained Randy Freston, county engineer. The county was asked four years ago to form the district because the practice is to give grants only to counties where there are special services districts, he said.