County commissioners could see new EMT plan in two weeks

Terry David, an ambulance service consultant who also is director of the Rice County Medical Services at Lyons, told the Marion County Commission Mon?day that he will make recommendations for a renovated county ambulance service in two weeks.

Outside of public session, David said a reorganization of Emergency Medical Services could include paid workers in addition to the EMS director instead of operating as it has with all volunteers.

Partnering with one or more adjoining counties is also a possibility, he said.

The commissioners met in a 20-minute executive session for personnel with County Clerk Tina Spencer, and Gene Winkler, EMT, to review applications from a half dozen applicants for EMS director.

Commission Chairman Dan Holub said one of two finalists would likely be offered the position.

Marion County Park and Lake Director Steve Hudson said, ?I had a bomb dropped on me,? as he announced the resignation of his associate, Brian Thiessen.

Hudson said he will begin advertising immediately for a successor to Thiessen.

The commissioners discussed their wish that giving Hudson more personal privacy than he has at his private residence at the lake could be arranged to ease public demands on him, especially in the summer, during his time off.

Hudson said he has become accustomed to the demand, but it is tiring.

Road and Bridge Super?visor Jesse Hamm said he is trying to determine how cost effective it would be to stockpile different quantities of gravel on various road and bridge areas throughout the county for use during warm weather versus moving heavy equipment to take advantage of the gravel already there during warm weather.

The commissioners gave annual approval for a Class B Club license for the Marion Country Club.