Manila city officials agreed to contact area ambulance services in an effort to secure a new company to locate and service the Manila area at a special called meeting Wednesday evening.
Manila Mayor Melvin Browning and council members reviewed a letter from EMT Medical Transfer, Crittenden Ambulance Service Corp., the company that has been serving Manila for the past two years, requesting a subsidy of no less than $50,000 or more than $75,000 a year to continue service in Manila stating that if an immediate subsidy agreement can not be reached the service would cease in Manila as of 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23.
The City of Manila has furnished a building at no charge and furnished utilities at the site for the past two years.
City officials had requested that EMT Medical Transfer begin paying half of the utility bills each month.
The council agreed that the company had come in and done a good job but were not willing to pay a subsidy.
"They are making 30-50 calls a month. I think there are companies that would be willing to come to Manila. We can continue to offer the use of the building at no cost," Carr said.
Mayor Browning said he would begin first thing Thursday morning contacting other companies.
All council members, Larry "Whiz" Davis, Linda Donovan, Gaylon Gammill, Terry Carr, Tony Hawkins, and Dean Cherry, were present for the meeting.
The council discussed briefly the high deductible amount on the city's insurance policies.
Mayor Browning said that there was lighting damage to Henry Ford's office hitting a computer, fax machine, and other equipment. The damage was estimated at approximately $4,800 and the deductible is $5,000. The city is insured through the Municipal League.
City Attorney Wayne Wagner said that the city needed to check on what type of policy it has.
"If it is a blanket policy, it covers all of the city buildings at one deductible. We need to see if a reduced deductible would be feasible," Wagner said.
Mayor Browning said he would check it out.
Manila Water Superintendent Henry Ford explained to the council members the reason that the Manila water system failed to have the required number of valid samples analyzed during June was because one sample evidently leaked.
It was strictly a paperwork violation and not a water problem," Ford said. "Four samples are submitted each month for testing. It is not unusual for one of the vials to leak or crack and I have to submit a replacement. I saw the green tags that indicate everything is well on the testing but I failed to notice only three instead of four. Because I did not return a sample in a timely manner, it was written up. The fourth sample was resubmitted and everything is fine," Ford said.
Attorney Wayne Wagner said that the mediation with the city and county over the jail fees may be set up during the latter part of September in Blytheville.