Nome’s ambulance department has a new arrangement with Norton Sound Health Corporation, a result of meetings and compromise between the NSHC administration and the City of Nome. It goes into effect May 1.
Before adjourning the meeting, multiple people present in Council Chambers weighed in on the memorandum of agreement between NVAD, the City, and NSHC. This new agreement officially begins on May 1st.
“Number one, I think that all emergency services in the City of Nome should be run by the City of Nome,” Tom Vaden said during Monday night’s City Council meeting. Councilman Stan Anderson suggested that Vaden attend a NSHC Board meeting and said, “I think the Board would love to hear from people like you and everyone else.”
Since 1999, Nome’s Volunteer Ambulance Department, the only ambulance service in town, has been overseen by the City. But now, another entity is considering operating their own ambulance service.
Without four Nome city councilmen present, a quorum could not be reached, and no ordinances or resolutions could be passed. Instead of a regular meeting, open discussion focused on NJUS labor contract negotiations and concerns about the City-run ambulance service losing money.
“The City Council shall determine… the maximum number of taxi cabs to be licensed for commercial purposes within the City. It doesn’t say anything about the licenses becoming a property right,” Councilman Brown stated about the resolution to transfer three taxi licenses from EZ Cab to Mr. Kab. The resolution failed during Monday’s City Council meeting.
An ordinance failed during Monday night’s Common Council meeting that would have required all candidates running for City office to have no debts owed to the City of Nome.
During citizens’ comments, Vera Metcalf wanted the Council to be aware of the EWC and many of its members’ resolutions for opposing the inclusion of walrus, mammoth, and mastodon ivory in the U.S. ivory ban laws.
Nome City Councilman Matt Culley mentioned that it’s “not bad” to be spending $150,000 less than what the budget planned for when the total budget amount is over $11 million. More discussion and voting on seven ordinances amending Nome budgets will occur at the next City Council meeting.
City Manager Tom Moran and Mayor Richard Beneville will be absent from tonight’s City Council meeting while the Council discusses ordinances on Nome’s fiscal year 2016 budgets.