The Cedar County Ambulance Board, at its meeting Monday, April 17, in Stockton, announced that it had picked a new building site at an earlier meeting. Chairman John Wilson said that members of the public had called the board concerned basically that they were about to build in a swamp.

The board has a contract to purchase one acre located between the Stockton Senior Center and the First Baptist Church, contingent on results of core sample drilling for which the board voted to hire Andersen Engineering for $1,810. The vote to purchase the new site was 4-1 Wilson announced.

Board members present were Kenny Turner, who took the oath of  office from County Clerk Peggy Kenney, Byron Hamilton who expects to resign in a few weeks when his house in Stockton is completed, John Wilson – presiding, Charlotte Haden, who resigned at that meeting, and Keith Kosko. The board, without advertising the open position, immediately appointed Nadine Sinclair to Haden’s Distict 3 seat. Ms. Kenney administered the oath of office to her.

The board elected John Wilson as chairman, Kenny Turner as vice chairman and Keith Kosco as secretary/treasurer.

Kalena Kenney Bruce had strep throat Wilson announced so was not present to give the financial repeort.

The board voted to buy a new moble radio for the new ambulance for $1,194.84 plus $184 programming and place the old one  in the El Dorado Springs dispatch center so dispatchers can communicate with ambulances.

Wilson reported that Arlo Rupke, of Cedar County Emergency Management, wants to purchase the repeater on the city’s water tower which the CCAD no longer uses. After considerable discussion,  the board decided at the next meeting the possibility of declaring it surplus and selling it to the Emeregency Management for $1.

At the end of the 45 minute meeting, Byron Hamilton wanted to bring up a proposal to pay all nine dispatchers and extra $1 per hour in order to reduce turnover. The board will put that on the agenda for the next meeting.