Gotta hand it to Councilor Maryanne Jordan.
Careful reading of an ordinance proposed four months ago regarding the attempt by the Boise FD to go into the ambulance business has averted another confrontation between Boise City and the Ada County EMS.
There was a move on the part of the Boise FD to get an ordinance passed–last discussed publicly August 11– which would have given the fire chief “managerial authority” over medical transport. It is on the CONSENT AGENDA for Tuesday’s council meeting along with several letters and memos on the subject.
Jordan is asking to change the language from “managerial authority” to “authority to enter into contracts.” A wise move in the opinion of the GUARDIAN. She also said in a memo:
Any further discussion regarding transport authority should be held in abeyance until the
analysis requested by council is complete. Legal staff has reviewed the change and does not
feel that a new ordinance needs to be brought forward and that Council can proceed with
third reading. I spoke with Chief Doan about this proposal and he is in agreement.
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