IRON COUNTY — The mayors of six Iron County communities launched a petition Friday to help guage public opinion about the possible privatization of the Iron County Ambulance Service.
Connie Robinson, president of the Iron County Coordinating Council and mayor of Paragonah, said she has received so many calls from citizens concerned about the ambulance service that she and other Iron County mayors decided to launch a petition to give county residents an opportunity to have their voices heard.
“They haven’t had a chance to voice their opinions,” Robinson said.
The petition, titled “Save the Iron County Ambulance Service,” was created Dec. 19. It was originally going to be submitted to the commissioners Tuesday. However the date has been changed to early January to allow residents more time to sign, Robinson said.
In a November meeting of the Iron County Coordinating Council, the mayors met with the Iron County Commission and voiced their concerns about the possible privatization of the county’s ambulance service.
Later that week, the mayors drafted a letter calling for the Commission to consider giving the Iron County Sheriff’s Office a trial period similar to one that has been offered to a private entity bidding for the ambulance service. The letter is from the mayors of Brian Head, Cedar City, Enoch, Kanarraville, Paragonah and Parowan.
Robinson is also coordinating with other mayors to get hard copies of the petition posted in communities throughout the county. Robinson said that currently, hard copies are only available at the Paragonah post office, but that community members should watch for other locations in the coming days.
While the mayors believe the people have not had a chance to voice their opinion, Iron County Commissioner Alma Adams said he has not received much public feedback about the issue via email or phone call.
“I’ve probably had more interaction concerning this from people I run into,” Adams said, “But I’m not finding enough people that are concerned enough to actually send an email or call. They just kind of engage me about it when I run into them.”
Residents are invited to contact commissioners to share any concerns or opinions on the matter, using the email addresses or phone numbers listed on the Iron County website, Adams said.
Adams said he is looking forward to seeing the results of the petition, and that the commission is carefully considering all the options available.
“We are still happy to take input,” Adams said. “We’re going to be making a decision fairly soon.”
The three entities bidding on the ambulance service will be submitting updated bids to the commission Tuesday, Adams said. These new bids should contain approximate dollar figures, giving the commissioners a better idea of what each entity brings to the table.
As of 6 p.m. on the date of this publication, the online petition has received 375 signatures, with the goal of reaching 500 before it is submitted.
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