Township eyes leaving Fennville ambulance board

Scott Sullivan
“I believe we should re-move ourselves from the Fennville district contract and negotiate with AMR ourselves for the entire township,” supervisor Bill Wester said at the board’s July 1 monthly meeting. “We can stay in the district and sign a contract whereby we’d be charged a subsidy,” he continued. “Or we can add our southern portion to our northern contract as exists and not pay the subsidy. Individual users would pay an increased per-call price.”

Saugatuck Township is considering leaving the Fennville District 911 ambulance board.

The northern part of the township, plus Douglas and Saugatuck cities, have a contract with American Medical Response of West Michigan for non-government-subsidized service from an ambulance already stationed at Holland Hospital.

The southern part of the township—in conjunction with Ganges, Clyde and Lee townships, part of Manlius Township and Fennville city—has for years been served by an AMR ambulance based in Fennville. The firm charges members a subsidy to maintain it.

The Saugatuck Township board last year objected to other district board members recommending AMR’s contract be renewed for five years without first seeking bids from competitive providers. The district board subsequently rewrote its request for proposals, although not entirely to Saugatuck board members’ satisfaction.

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