2012-04-19 / Local News

North Flight to stop serving GA Twp.

A 12-year relationship between Glen Arbor Township and North Flight EMS is coming to an end.

Glen Arbor Township Supervisor John Soderholm said during Tuesday’s monthly meeting the township has been notified that Munson Healthcare, of which North Flight is a subsidiary, wants to discontinue service to the Glen Lake Fire Department, which covers Glen Arbor and Empire Townships.

“Our contract with them provides either party with the right to cancel with 90 days notice,” Soderholm said, adding that communication with Munson has been cordial. “It’s just that we’re a fire and rescue department with 25 FTE (full time equivalent) personnel which is not completely compatible with their health care operation.”

This year’s $1.6 million budget, includes $1,333,683 for operations. Sixty-one percent of the total was budgeted to go toward the department’s contract with North Flight, regional medical service.

Although medical personnel works in Glen Arbor and Empire Townships, they are technically employed by North Flight, which also provides benefits.

“I’ve set up a committee to ensure the transition is a smooth as possible,” Soderholm said.

In addition to the supervisor, the committee includes treasurer Terry Gretzema, fire chief John Dodson, Roy Pentilla and John Kenney.

Based on the notice given by North Flight, the department, supported by Glen Arbor and Empire Townships, should by taking over operations by July 1.

In other fire and safety related business Tuesday night the board:

• Authorized Soderholm and Gretzema to investigate refinancing the $1.3 million balance on the construction bonds used to fund the public safety building.

• Agreed to seek a Michigan Department of Transportation permit on behalf of organizers of the M-22 Challenge to close portions of state roads in the township June 9.

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