Feb 08, 2024

Judge issues a ruling in City-County EMS dispute

Posted Feb 08, 2024 10:43 PM

A 5th Judicial District Judge, W. Lee Fowler, has granted a request by Geary County Commissioners for a temporary injunction in an EMS services case.

Junction City will be prevented from suspending EMS Services outside city limits, the County must keep paying for the service, and Judge W. Lee Fowler of the 5th Judicial District is allowing the two entities to continue negotiations or determine a new contract. The information was provided by City Attorney Britain Stites and Geary County Commission Chair Trish Giordano following a court hearing  held Thursday  via Zoom.

The City and County have been at odds over the amount the County is supposed to pay for the service, which under an existing contract is to be shared two-thirds  by County and one-third by the City. As of Tuesday night the two sides were $38,000 apart.

Junction City Commissioners had planned to suspend EMS services to the unincorporated areas outside of the City Feb. 20th if there was not an agreement on the matter.

The judge has scheduled a status hearing for an update in the case at 9:30 a.m. April 3rd.