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The Williams City Council has a plan that could make coverage by Enloe Medical Center’s single ambulance more equitable.
The City Council, at a special meeting last Thursday, offered to repair the housing quarters located at 810 C St. so that the paramedics might return.
After temporary quarters at the Williams Community Center during daylight hours didn’t work out, the only Advanced Life Support ambulance operating in the county has moved back to Colusa full time.
Williams officials said the loss has left citizens on the west side of the county and travelers on Interstate 5, during an emergency, with long wait times for transportation to the hospital.
The Williams City Council has proposed paying for the renovation cost of the paramedics’ former staging quarters, in exchange for title on the house.
“The house is currently owned by the county,” Kennedy said. “The ground is owned by the city, and Enloe was suppose to keep the house in good order. Apparently, the house is not in good order. It’s been inspected and it needs some $10,000 to $15,000 worth of repairs.”
Kennedy said the City Council has proposed renovating the house, which paramedics vacated because of mold, in an effort to lure Enloe back to Williams.
Enloe’s return would place the only ALS ambulance operating in the area in the center of the county to better serve citizens, particularly those who live in the most populated city in Colusa County.
But before Williams commits taxpayer money to repair property owned by Colusa County, the City Council wants clear title to the house, officials said.
While there have been preliminary discussions between Kennedy and Colusa County Chairwoman, Denise Carter, nothing – as of last week – had been made official.
Kennedy did say there were other agencies interested in the property, including Karen’s House.
Kennedy also said that while the city could fix the property for Enloe to use, there would be no guarantee that future city councils would not change their minds.
“We also don’t know if Enloe will stay here,” he said. “We really have no commitment from them. We don’t know if Enloe will be our ambulance provider for the long term, either.”
Regardless of no commitments currently in place, the City Council authorized Kennedy to make the proposal to the full Board of Supervisors because owning the property with the renovated house would still be a good long-term investment for the city, either for their own use or income property.
It would also put an end to the “odd” arrangement of having a trio of agencies involved, which ultimately didn’t work out for the Enloe staff that stayed for some time in a house with issues that could have been detrimental to their health. ■