Burns Harbor has
had an ambulance service contract with Superior for the past three years.
Fire Chief Bill Arney reports, that with the contract expiring on July 1,
Superior has asked for a $450,000 change in the contract.
Arney reported at
the Town Council meeting Wednesday night that his months of communication
with Superior have resulted in their refusal to extend their service
contract with the Town while the contract is renegotiated.
In previous emails,
a representative from Superior indicated that Burns Harbor could retain
service while the details of the contract are hashed out. That was followed
by communication last week stating that service will still end on July 1 if
a new deal is not reached by then.
For three years,
Arney said, Superior provided Burns Harbor with ambulance service at no cash
cost to the Town--instead the Town provided the ambulance and fuel and
housed the ambulance staff. Council President Ray Poparad also noted that
Superior had exclusive rights to all the revenue earned from calls.
Superior has now
communicated that they want the Town to pay $25,000 per month and split the
revenue with them. Superior would like to capture the first $150,000 in
revenue earned from calls and split 50-50 any that remains. Between the
share of revenue and $300,000 per year in monthly fees, the proposed
contract would amount to $450,000.
According to Arney,
Superior reports that they have run 199 calls and garnered $98,000 in
revenue in the first six months of 2018. The reason they have proposed
changes to the contract is costs associated with staffing the ambulance in
an area with low call volume.