Commissioners to Consider Extending Ambulance Service Contracts and Subsidies

Commissioners to Consider Extending Ambulance Service Contracts and Subsidies

SWEETWATER COUNTY — Following months of uncertainty in ambulance service funding, the Sweetwater County Commission is considering approval of extending the ambulance service contracts and subsidies for a year.

The Commission will meet Tuesday at the County Commission Chambers at the Sweetwater County Courthouse in Green River at 8:30 a.m.

Back in December 2020, the Commissioners announced that they would no longer be able to fund ambulance services without help from the cities. The initial plan was to terminate the existing contracts and all associated funding with Sweetwater Medics and Castle Rock Ambulance Service at the end of March 2021.

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However, following discussions with the cities of Rock Springs and Green River, the county decided they would keep the contracts through June 2021 as the entities discussed possible solutions. Both cities refused to provide funding between March 31 and July 1, 2021, citing lack of monies.

A committee was created in January 2021 to work on solutions for funding of these services into the future. While that committee continues to explore options, the Commission will look at extending the contracts for another year to ensure ambulance services continue throughout the county.

According to the contract documents provided in the meeting agenda packet, the Commission will consider approval of providing a $77,623 monthly subsidy to Sweetwater Medics, and a max amount of $235,000 for the year to Castle Rock.

This means the total amount being budgeted for ambulance service subsidies would be $1.17 million. If approved, the extension to the contracts would start on July 1, 2021, and would last for 12 months.

Other Business

The Commission will consider approval of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Grant in the amount of $4.9 million. This is the first of three FAA grants to be utilized in the Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport’s Commercial Terminal Modernization project totaling over $13.8 million.

The total project cost is estimated at $19.51 million, of which the county is responsible for $850,000. According to meeting agenda documents, the county already funded $222,222 of that amount in FY21. The remaining amount was included with the airport’s FY22 budget request to the Commission.

The Commission will also conduct the FY22 budget workshop at 3 p.m. following the regularly scheduled meeting. The Commission will then conduct the budget public hearing on Thursday, June 17, at 5:30 p.m. Following the public hearing, the Commission is set to adopt the budget.