Boise City Councilors have just come off an intense season of budget work and approvals during tough economic times, but it appears they don’t know the status of important city government issues.
Councilors are about to approve an ordinance that will give the fire chief additional sweeping authority, including going into the ambulance transport business. The ordinance on Tuesday’s agenda is being sold to councilors as a “houskeeping” measure. It has already been “read” at two official public at council meetings. Truth is, no one has read it because the change is on the “consent agenda” which is just routine formality for the council.
Team Dave’s legal department inserted “MANAGERIAL AUTHORITY” as well as “TRANSPORT” into the ordinance–thus allowing the chief to run an ambulance service.
HERE IS AN EXCERPT:
“AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 3, CHAPTER 11, BOISE CITY CODE TO: FURTHER DEFINE THE MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT; TO CLARIFY THAT THE FIRE CHIEF IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT; TO DEFINE THE FIRE CHIEF’S DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES; TO REPEAL OUTDATED PROVISIONS; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
PROPOSED CHANGE C. The managerial authority for fire, medical treatment and transport, hazardous materials, and other rescue emergencies;
CURRENT LAW: C.Providing response capability for fire, medical, hazardous materials, and other rescue emergencies.”
This flies in the face of declarations from the politicos that they are merely “brainstorming, exchanging ideas, in discussion, exploring alternatives,” with regard to ambulance service. It would seem pretty clear they plan to go into the ambulance business.
This type of legal maneuvering is why the GUARDIAN is forced to exist and provide a town hall meeting tonight at the the Boise Public Library on Capitol Blvd. at 7 p.m. to discuss ambulance service.
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