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Posted on: November 7, 2023

WATCH & READ: 'Council Minute' recap highlights EMS, council appointment and more


Did you miss Monday night's Columbus City Council meeting but are in search of a quick rundown of what happened? Mayor Jim Bulkley has you covered.

Watch the 'Council Minute' recap video on the City's YouTube channel by clicking here. In the one-minute-and-23-seconds clip, the mayor provides a recap of the major points discussed during the council meeting that took place on Nov. 6, 2023. 

Want to watch the meeting in full? You can do that by clicking here.

A major highlight of the meeting was the Columbus City Council approving resolutions in relation to emergency medical services (EMS). First, the council OK'd a resolution approving an interlocal cooperation agreement with Duncan Rural Fire District for providing emergency medical services. This agreement would be for the next six months with an extension monthly thereafter, Bulkley noted, as Duncan Rural's goal is to become its own EMS service. 

"So they believe they could be ready within six months," he said. "If they aren't quite there, we will continue for a few more months ... We will continue to support them until that period."

The mayor said this would all take effect following a public hearing Duncan Rural is scheduled to hold later this month.

The council also OK'd a resolution approving interlocal cooperation agreement with Columbus Rural Fire District for providing emergency medical services (EMS) for approximately the next three years, ending Oct. 31, 2026. 

"We feel it's a good situation for both parties," the mayor said of the agreement with Columbus Rural.

You can review both resolutions and the agreements in full by checking out the meeting agenda. Do that by clicking here.

The mayor praised Duncan Rural and Columbus Rural fire protection districts for working with the City to find a solution so that City of Columbus taxpayers no longer have to pay for those outside of the city limits to have emergency medical services.

Also during the meeting, Council President Beth Augustine-Schulte announced her resignation. You can learn more about her approximate 14-year tenure on the council and why she's stepping down by reading the full story clicking here. The mayor will appoint someone to fill her First Ward seat. You can learn more about that by clicking here.

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