EMS contract signed

COLUMBIA CITY — Following a year of debate, discussion and disagreement, the new Emergency Medical Services contract between Whitley County and Parkview Hospital has been signed.Monday, Sigler presented the returned contract from Parkview to the commissioners at the board meeting.“After being reviewed and re-reviewed, commented on and re-commented on… …I have the three documents that make up the EMS agreement, I’m happy to say,” Sigler said.The first document is the Emergency Medical Services Program Agreement (EMSPA), which outlines the primary terms of the contract.The Community Benefit Agreement (CBA) is the second document.The CBA specifically relates to the ambulance purchases agreed upon earlier in the discussions.Sigler also presented the Mutual Agreement to Terminate document, which gives both parties a six-month window to end the agreement.Sigler said there were a couple of minor changes which needed to be made to the wording on the county’s end and that those changes had been made.“There was a little verbiage that wasn’t quite right, so those have all been changed,” said Sigler.A minor amendment was made to the CBA to clarify ownership of the ambulances and upon determining that the contract was to the commissioner’s satisfaction, the contract was signed by all three commissioners. ___For a more in depth look at this story, see the Dec. 22 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.