Wheelwright officials report that a local resident is investigating the possibility of opening an ambulance service to serve the Left Beaver area.

Wheelwright Mayor Don Hall reported that Robert Osborne called the city, requesting letters of support for the venture from the city and the fire department.

“How many letters did he say he wants?” Commissioner Bobby Akers said, smiling. “I’ll get started tonight.” 

Hall told the city commission that Osborne wants to put an ambulance service in the city because he’s heard complaints people have made about long emergency medical response times in that area. 

“But this guy, he left his number here and he said that anybody that wanted to call him about it, to call him,” Hall said. 

Osborne, however, did not want to comment publicly on the possibility, saying that it is a “work in progress.” He did not answer questions about whether he was working alone or with an organization to open a new ambulance service in this county.

To open an ambulance service, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services must first grant a certificate of need, and that process includes extensive documentation of the need, including letters of support from local governments and community members. 

During the meeting, Fire Chief Daniel P. Gullett presented a $2,400 Power Heart AED that was donated to the Wheelwright Fire Department by the Floyd County Health Department. Gullett said the health department also presented AEDs to the Middle Creek Volunteer Fire Department and the Auxier Volunteer Fire Department following a multi-week emergency medical services training hosted by the health department. 

Hall asked City Clerk Beverly Taylor to write a letter thanking the health department for its donation, saying the equipment is needed in the city.

The commission held a closed session — which was not on the agenda of the special meeting — citing a personnel matter, the hiring of a police officer, as reason for the closed session. Officials reported the city is expected to call a special meeting on Monday, Aug. 12, to hire a police officer. The special meeting had not been officially announced as of print deadline on Thursday. 

In other news, the commission also:

• Approved the financial report, showing the city had $21,000 in its general fund, $191,500 in its prison fund and $15,000 in its road aid fund at the end of July.

•Approved paying $30,000 in bills, with the majority, $6,700, for insurance. 

•Approved paying Joe Reynolds $136 to fix a transmission seal on a fire truck. 

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