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ESD No. 3 makes first quarterly payment to EMS
STOCKDALE -- The Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 3 is set to pay its first quarterly payment to the Stockdale Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Association from ad valorem tax proceeds received since October.
This was among the ESD’s financial obligations discussed during its Jan. 9 meeting, according to ESD President Lynn Ray West after the meeting.
Another is the loan payment to the city of Stockdale for the $10,000 “seed money” the ESD borrowed in March. The interest-free loan includes any legal fees involved in the loan process.
In addition to authorized payments, the board also discussed a contract with Wilson County. The contract between Wilson County and the Stockdale EMS will continue, West said, with the EMS receiving $25,000 annually. The county commissioners also dispense the same payment each to the Floresville, La Vernia, and Eagle Creek EMS.
The directors also heard updates on two continuing issues -- emergency service numbers and continuing education.
Stockdale EMS Director David Rice gave a report regarding the ESD’s boundaries and emergency service numbers. In discussion with Wilson County Emergency Management Coordinator LeAnn Hosek, an additional 30 to 60 days are needed to complete the project. Part of ESD No. 3’s coverage area includes the east side of Pandora and S.H. 80, as well as part of the Sutherland Springs area. These districts are overlapped by another service provider, however. When complete, the areas will be assigned only one emergency service number, thus aiding dispatchers in identifying which service provider to assign. West added that the cooperative agreement between the different emergency medical services will continue, in the event additional manpower is needed.
The required continuing education for the board of directors also was discussed. ESD Director Teri Wolff informed the group about options available, including via the Internet. The item was tabled for further discussion at the next meeting.
While West and Todd Lawson were reappointed for another term on the ESD board, Director August Moczygemba said he would like to resign. West said Moczygemba would continue to serve until his replacement is named by the Wilson County Commissioners Court.
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