YORK Neb. – After hearing the second and final reading Thursday evening, the York City Council has approved the adjustment of the city’s ambulance rates. The last change in ambulance fees dates back to April 1, 2009, and consists of rates for residents and non-residents. In the old resolution, A Basic Life Support transfer can range anywhere from $300 to $640 depending on severity and services of the ambulance. Fire Chief Michael Llyod, proposed a 50% increase on services plus an automatic 3% annual increase. The rates will go into effect as of August 1, 2017.
The talks between York County and the City of York regarding the development of the Public Safety Communications Center continued at Thursday night’s York City Council meeting. The Council approved the authorization of a cost sharing agreement between the city and the county for the new Communications Center and authorized City Attorney, Charles Campbell, to prepare an inter-local agreement. Details of the agreement are forthcoming. The City and County are working together to consolidate the current communication centers in the county and city, to streamline the way dispatch calls are handled.
A resolution regarding the pension plan received by employees of the City of York, has passed after a narrow 5-3 vote. Amendments were made to the previous plan, such as, shortening the vesting period to a five year pro-rated schedule which begins with years 0-2 at 0% vested. Year 2 begins 25% vested and so on through 5 or more years of service being 100% vested. Another amendment now lets employees be immediately eligible to participate in the Defined Contribution Retirement Plan from their date of hire. The previous plan had employees wait one year before making contributions. All employees (except the City Administrator, City Clerk, and City Attorney) will make mandatory contributions of 6.5% of their gross wages, which will be matched by the city. The City Administrator, City Clerk, and City Attorney, will continue to participate in the 457(b) Plan with ICMA, until the termination of such official. At that point, the succeeding official will be required to participate in the 414(h) Plan like other employees. Employees will now also have an option of paying into an additional ICMA Plan without city matching. The amended resolution was approved by the council on July 6.