Uncertainty continues for Village of Kekoskee leadership regarding whether or not the village will be contracting for City of Mayville ambulance services for its citizens after December 31. Because of the merger of the former Township of Williamstown with the Village of Kekoskee on October 5, the annual contract for ambulance service for Williamstown and Kekoskee was not renewed by Mayville on October 8. At that time, the contract renewal was said to be renegotiated with the newly formed village.
At this time, according to Mayville Mayor Rob Boelk, the city is appealing the state’s Department of Administration decision which allowed the municipal merger. The appeal, which is estimated to take a while, may prevent an agreement to be reached on the matter of ambulance services.
At the Tuesday, Nov. 13 meeting of the village board, a resident questioned what will happen if the ambulance services contract with Mayville is not in force after year end. Village President Don Hilgendorf said that two other agencies have been contacted; however, he would not reveal which agencies when pressed for an answer.
He said that two meetings recently scheduled with Mayville city leaders on the matter were cancelled. “I don’t think the city council is thinking about public safety,” Hilgendorf contended. Hilgendorf additionally reported a total of 25 calls to Mayville EMS were dispatched for Williamstown and Kekoskee last year – eight in the village and 17 in the township – which falls within the historical number of calls ranging from 22-29 per year.
Jim Congdon, a village resident, who resides in what was formerly Williamstown, said that residents have received great service from Mayville and he “doesn’t want it to end.” Mayor Boelk, who was in attendance at the meeting, stood to confirm that Mayville is discussing the ambulance service contracts with the city’s attorney. “We believe merging of services is important,” Boelk added. More on the matter will be reported when the village and city decide how to proceed.