Fee for EMS response, golf courses on agenda at Tuesday town meeting

City of Great Falls commissioners have a packed agenda for their next meeting on Tuesday, tackling potential new fees for fire patient transportation, increased golf fees that would be put in place work over the coming season and a nearly $2 million contract for a water main replacement, among other items.

The city will consider a fee schedule for 911 EMS transportation services, as discussed at a working session in January. Depending on the context of the agenda, any fees received would offset the cost of providing the service to the community.

Great Falls Fire Rescue Deputy Chief of Emergency Medical Services Jeremy Virts explained during the January work session that at this time there is no way for GFFR to recoup the associated costs. to EMS transport, and they are absorbed by the department. EMS takes on the majority of the department’s mission, Virts said.

City Manager Greg Doyon explained in January that EMS is usually contracted out to Great Falls Emergency Services and the GFES charges consumers for its services. However, if the GFES has no emergency ambulances left, the GFFR travels to the scene, but the GFFR does not have a mechanism to recover the costs associated with these trips.

According to Resolutionemergency transport charges from the city would be as follows, with all rates charged at a minimum of one hour and rounded to the nearest half hour:

Advanced Life Support (ALS):

  • ALS emergency: $1,050
  • ALS Emergency 2: $1,250
  • ALS treatment without transportation: $150
  • Oxygen: $65
  • IV supplies: $68
  • ALS routine supplies: $95
  • Intubation supplies: $98
  • Defibrillation supplies: $85
  • ECG supplies: $14
  • Mileage (per mile loaded): $17.50

Basic Life Support (BLS):

  • BLS Emergency: $850
  • BLS routine supplies: $72
  • BLS transportation (per loaded miles): $17.50

Great Falls public golf fees to be discussed

The commission will also discuss new golf fees for the upcoming season to offset costs associated with maintaining Eagle Falls Golf Club and Anaconda Hills Golf Course.

Memberships for each club and joint passes increase 2% to 4% from last year’s rates. The biggest increase was seen in the adult full joint pass, which is expected to increase from $825 to $850.

The golf advisory board has recommended the city approve the fee increase, according to the agenda report.

A $1.99 million contract for the replacement of the Southside water main will be discussed by the commission on Tuesday. According to the agenda, the pipelines were laid in 1891, 1903 and 1919 and have “failed with increasing frequency”.

United Materials of Great Falls, Inc. submitted the lower of the two proposals and was recommended for the project by staff, with construction expected to begin in April.

This project will replace approximately 5,550 linear feet of cast iron water pipe with PVC water pipe, replace eight fire hydrants and nearly 150 water service connections, and more.

Project locations include:

  • 1st Avenue South from 9th Street to 13th Street.
  • 2nd Avenue South from 9th Street to 15th Street.
  • 12th Street from 1st Avenue South to 4th Avenue South.

The city is also set to hold a public hearing to discuss a proposed rate structure for the RV parking ordinance for March 15. The ordinance, which was passed last fall, requires recreational vehicles not to be parked on residential city streets for more than 72 hours in a seven-day period.

“In the event of a violation, written notice will be provided stating 1) that the vehicle, trailer or vessel must be removed within 24 hours and 2) that a parking ticket will be issued if the vehicle, trailer or the ship is not deleted.”

The proposed fee structure included in the agenda is as follows:

  • First quote: $50
  • Second quote: $100
  • Third or subsequent citation: $200

The agenda description compared the fees to Helena’s and Butte’s and said the fees start at $25 and $150, respectively.

Mayor Bob Kelly is also set to speak about the proposal to use $150,000 from the American Rescue Plan Act for a city match for Great Falls International Airport grant funds.

The commissioners gather for their business session at 5:30 p.m. and will hold their meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Civic Center.

Michael C. Ford