Gilbert City Council approved agreements for a rescue ambulance service at its Jan. 25 meeting. (Screenshot from YouTube)
Gilbert City Council approved three emergency ambulance service agreements at the January 25 council meeting.
Agreements with the Superstition Fire and Medical Department, the City of Queen Creek, and private provider American Medical Response provided for emergency ambulance service as needed between Gilbert and each of the entities.
The agreements were unanimously approved as part of the consent agenda vote, but only after Vice Mayor Aimee Yentes withdrew the agreements with Superstition Fire and Medical and Queen Creek to ask questions of their subject.
Deputy Fire Chief Bob Badgett said the rescue service helps maintain the city’s certificate of necessity from the Arizona Department of Health Services to provide ambulance service. It allows the city to give or receive service at times when the need for service is high.
Badgett said the agreements primarily serve to ensure entities are covered in the event of a major event.
The agreements have no financial impact on the city because the service would be billed to users as usual, Badgett said.
Also on the consents agenda, council approved a $23.82 million contract for construction services for the Northern Water Treatment Plant and approved a new contract for City Manager Patrick Banger. , with his annual salary remaining at $268,791.77.
Council also approved at a public hearing a minor zoning change to allow the construction of an 84-room hotel, the Marriott Towneplace Suites, at the southwest corner of Mercy and Pecos roads, adjacent to the Loop 202-Santan Highway.