RESOLUTION NO. 090232
Accepting the report and
recommendations of the EMS Advisory Committee and directing the City Manager to
implement its recommendations and to provide reports to the Mayor and City
Council at least every two months.
Resolution No. 090074 the City Council established an EMS Advisory Committee to
study and report on potential improvements to the Citys emergency medical
Advisory Committees report, dated March 19, 2009, approved unanimously by
members of the Committee, recommends integrating ambulance service into the
City as a whole by creating a separate City Department that would perform all
of the current duties and obligations performed by Metropolitan Ambulance
Services Trust (MAST); and
Advisory Committees report recognizes that one of the strengths of MAST is the
expertise of its employees, such as its highly trained paramedics, emergency
medical technicians, dispatchers, vehicle maintenance technicians and medical
billing professionals; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED
BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:
Section 1. That
the City Council hereby accepts and approves the unanimous recommendations of
the EMS Advisory Committee.
Section 2. That
the City Manager is directed to immediately commence implementation of the EMS
Advisory Committees recommendations with the participation of all stakeholders
in a manner that reassures MAST employees that except for the elimination of
unnecessary redundancies in administration, it is the Citys intent to retain
MASTs highly trained workforce whose members would be difficult to promptly
replace and to improve their working conditions whenever possible.
Section 3. That
the City Manager is directed to expeditiously determine the fairest and most
cost effective way to improve the retirement pension for current MAST employees
who become City employees so that it is comparable to benefits provided other
employees of the City and such employees are given equitable credit for their
prior service with MAST, as was to have been done by the Pension Plan Study
Committee created by Section 34-380, which was directed to report its findings
to the City Council no later than July 1, 2008.
Section 4. That
the City Manager is directed to report to the Mayor and City Council at a
business session at least once every two months on the status of the
implementation of the EMS Advisory Committees recommendations.