A proposed ordinance to adopt Heber Spring’s agreement with Survival Flight for ambulance service, was withdrawn and will be presented next month as a resolution.

“We don’t make statements with ordinances, we make statements with resolutions,” said Pearson.

During the discussion, justices of the peace emphasized the move was not to be coercive or litigious. Rather the resolution will be to send a message that the county understands the agreement between the city and the company. Additionally, it will urge the company to make their own decisions and not “take orders from the city,” as one justice of the peace put it bluntly.

During the discussion, justice of the peace Jacque Martin presented a bevy of paperwork showing that, historically, at the time the city entered into the agreement with Survival Flight, the understanding of everyone involved was that the company thought they would be able provide countywide coverage.

In other county business, all ordinances pertaining to county budget passed.

One item of note was: no funding was allotted for the Heber Springs Humane Society. When justice of the peace Sam Malone asked why, members of the budget committee told him the organization did not ask for any funding. A proposed ordinance brought up to go ahead and add $8,000 for the Heber Springs Humane Society did not pass. Budget committee members said the society was welcome to ask the county for funding at a future date.

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