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ESD No. 3 plans to merge with Stockdale EMS
PAT KOPECKI —
Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 3 commissioners crunch numbers during a July 10 meeting in the Stockdale Fire/EMS station. In attendance were (clockwise, from left) Vice President Carlos Salazar, Commissioner Roger Click, Stockdale EMS Director David Rice, Secretary Teri Wolff, and Assistant Treasurer Todd Lawson.
A major change is in store for the Stockdale Emergency Medical Services Association (EMS). The Wilson County Emergency Services District No. 3 (ESD) has agreed to begin proceedings to merge the two entities into one -- ESD3 Emergency Medical Service.
This discussion was held during the ESD’s July 10 meeting, as the commissioners welcomed Roger Click to the board. Click replaces Lynn Ray West, who resigned during the June meeting.
Stockdale EMS Director David Rice suggested the merger after discussion with an attorney last month. In part, according to Vice President Carlos Salazar, this is due to the lack of directors on the EMS board.
Commissioner Todd Lawson spoke with ESD attorney Ken Campbell of Burns, Anderson, Jury & Brenner LLP prior to the meeting. Campbell said such a merger is allowed. If it occurs, all vehicles, equipment, outstanding bills, and accounts receivable will belong to the ESD3 Emergency Medical Service with a blanket bill of sale.
A new license in the ESD3’s name will be issued, as the Stockdale EMS Association will be dissolved, Rice said. It will take three months for a smooth transition.
“No contract for an EMS is needed,” Rice said, as the ESD would be its own entity.
A motion was made by Click and seconded by Secretary Teri Wolff to begin the merger. This received unanimous approval.
According to the Texas Department of Rural Affairs “ESD Operation Guide,” one of the responsibilities of the ESD is to “Determine an emergency services delivery strategy.” This includes determining “which entity or entities will be in the best position to provide emergency services to the ESD and which areas of the ESD, if not the ESD itself.”
Most ESDs contract with a provider -- such as an EMS or fire department -- to provide services.
In another matter, the board agreed to send a letter to the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office dispatch to clarify when the Stockdale EMS will cancel a call after being dispatched.
The Stockdale EMS will not cancel a call if:
•The call originated in the ESD No. 3 area;
•The Stockdale EMS ambulance is en route with a paramedic;
•Another EMS trying to respond to the call has a shorter time of arrival and does not have a paramedic on board;
•The initial caller cancels the call for medical assistance.
In financial matters, the board:
•Heard the outstanding balance for services rendered is $453,000, since January 2013.
•Approved for Rice to forward a letter of intent for a modular chassis for an ambulance. This is the first step needed to get on the production line. The estimated cost to replace the ambulance is $150,000, with annual payments of $32,000.
•Heard the ESD’s property-tax collection rate is 90 percent. Lawson reported that of the total $253,030 property tax billed, $24,000 is still outstanding.
The next meeting is set for Thursday, Aug. 7, at 5 p.m.
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