Purchase of EMS housing in Wild Rose approved by county board
At the regular Waushara County Board meeting on June 19 at the Tustin Fire Station, the board approved purchasing a home at 625 Colligan Ave., Wild Rose, from ThedaCare for $50,000 plus improvements/upgrades for a total cost of approximately $185,000. Brian Donaldson, Waushara EMS Director, told the board the improvements included a two bay garage, emergency generator, and general updates. The funds were not budgeted for and therefore will come out of the non-committed funds. Donaldson also addressed the fact that the Wild Rose area is the second busiest station for the EMS. In 2017, District 2, which is Wild Rose, had 375 calls to 911 and they do the majority of transfers out of ThedaCare Medical Center-Wild Rose. District 1 is the busiest with 1050 call to 911 in 2017. Residents from Poy Sippi, Town of Bloomfield, and Tustin filled the seating at the meeting and during public comments, Larry Albright, Chairman of the Town of Poy Sippi addressed the board. Albright is concerned about the EMS situation in Poy Sippi, where the housing for EMT’s is at the former bank building downtown, and the ambulance housed at the fire station is not the best situation.