Minutes will be linked as they are approved for the following scheduled meetings:
January 8th, 2019 February 12th, 2019 March 12th, 2019 April 9th, 2019 May 14th, 2019 June 11th, 2019 July 9th, 2019 August 13th, 2019 September 10th, 2019 October 8th, 2019 November 12th, 2019 December 10th, 2019 January 14th, 2020 February 11th, 2020 March 10th, 2020 March 31st, 2020 Special Meeting April 14th, 2020 May 12th, 2020 June 9th, 2020 July 14th, 2020 August 11th, 2020 September 8th, 2020 October 13th, 2020 November 10th, 2020 December 8th, 2020 Notice of Regular Meetings
North Fork EMS is formed…
On Nov. 6, voters overwhelmingly approved the establishment of a special district for the North Fork Ambulance. Just over 83 percent of Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford area voters said “yes” to the special district. By a smaller, yet still very favorable margin, a mill levy was established to fund the special district. Five board members were selected — Gregg Angelovich, Marcus Roeder and Daniel Miller for four-year terms, and Larry Hughes and Bonnie Eisenberg for two-year terms.
After the results were posted, the North Fork Ambulance board of directors expressed its appreciation for the overwhelming support.
“The formation and funding of a special district will provide the core financial support needed to maintain quality ambulance service in three communities, upgrade and replace aging equipment and ambulances and retain and attract on-call staff members and provide them with quality EMS training,” said Kathy Steckel, NFA director.
The ambulance service is responsible for responding to all 9-1-1 calls in a 1,500-square-mile area over three counties as well as maintaining three stations in the region. North Fork Ambulance has been contracted to provide ambulance service for the first six months of 2019 in order to give the newly formed North Fork Ambulance Health Service District time to get many details in order before the actual transition to ambulance service by the District. Currently, July 1st is the goal for this transition. The North Fork Ambulance Health Service District will be using the trade name: North Fork EMS.
Monthly District Board meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6 pm at the North Fork Ambulance Headquarters, 110 East Hotchkiss Ave in Hotchkiss. The public is welcome to attend.
For any questions, please call the North Fork Ambulance office at 872-9111.
Our Service Area
The Service Area currently includes approximately 1,550 square miles, 75 miles of paved two-lane highway and 300 miles of County roads ranging from paved to primitive. The service from Hotchkiss extends west on Highway 92 to Payne Siding, and east on Highway 133 to Paonia. From Paonia, the Service Area continues north up Stephen’s Gulch to the Mesa County Line, and northeast of Paonia on Highway 133 into Gunnison County through Somerset to the top of McClure Pass. The Service Area extends southeast from Hotchkiss on Highway 92 through Crawford and into Montrose County, and runs to Mile Marker 56 at the Gunnison County Line on Black Mesa. The three communities currently served are bound together by a powerful landscape that encompasses mountains, rivers, desert and agricultural land. With elevations that range from 5,000 to 11,000 feet, the area allows for a variety of features. Notable among these features are: The Black Canyon National Park, The West Elk Wilderness, Curecanti National Conservation Area, waterways such as The North Fork of the Gunnison River, the Gunnison River and their major tributaries, the Anthracite, Muddy, Smith Fork and Leroux Creeks. There are also scenic byways that reach past the recreational areas of Crawford and Paonia State Parks.