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Ordinance #20190410-1, Governing the Organization and Regulation of the South Shore Area Ambulance Service

Town of Clover

Ordinance #20190410-1, Governing the Organization and Regulation of the South Shore Area Ambulance Service


Whereas, Wisconsin §256.12 Emergency Medical Services establishes the authority for the Town’s Emergency Medical Services, and

Whereas, there being no Ordinance governing the organization and regulation of the South Shore Area Ambulance Service governed by the Town of Clover and contracting on an annual basis with the Towns of Bell, Orienta and Port Wing for emergency medical service coverage, and initially begun in 1972, it is deemed essential that the Board of the Town of Clover, State of Wisconsin, Bayfield County do ordain as follows:


Section I. Governance

A. The members of the South Shore Area Ambulance are hereby officially recognized as the Ambulance Service of the Town of Clover and the duty of providing emergency medical service and transporting recipients of such service to the appropriate medical facility for further assessment and treatment for the Town of Clover and those other Town’s contracting with the Town for provision of emergency medical service and transport. It’s organization and internal regulation shall be governed by the provisions of this ordinance and by such laws adopted by the department as are approved by the Town of Clover Board, except as is otherwise provided by State Statute and Regulations and by Ordinance.

B. The Southshore Area Ambulance Service is hereby authorized and directed to adopt by-laws for the regulation of business and proceedings of the Service, which by-laws, after adoption by a 2/3 vote of the members of the Service shall not become effective and operative until presented to and approved by the Town Board of Clover. Amendments shall be adopted in the same manner.

C. The Town board shall appropriate funds to provide for operation and for such apparatus and equipment for the use by the South Shore Area Ambulance as it may deem expedient and necessary to maintain efficiency and properly protect life.

D. The officers and members of the South Shore Area Ambulance shall receive such compensation from the Town as may from time to time be fixed by the Town Board.


Section II. Membership and Organization

A. The South Shore Area Ambulance shall consist of persons covering at minimum the following duties: (DHS 110.47)

  1. One (1) Director
  2. Assistant Director
  3. Training
  4. Quality Assurance
  5. Infection Control

B. Appointment

  1. The South Shore Area Ambulance Director shall be appointed by the Town Board through an application, interview and Town Board approval Process, taking into consideration the preference vote of the membership.
  2. The Director shall serve at the pleasure of the Town of Clover Board or until the position is vacated.
  3. All personnel covering other duties shall be elected by the membership of the Service every two (2) years at the March Meeting or as may be appointed by the South Shore Area Ambulance Director.

C. Vacancies

  1. A vacancy in the office of Director shall be filled by the Town Board through an application, interview and Town Board approval Process.
  2. Upon creation of a vacancy of the Office of Director, the person covering the Assistant Director duty shall perform the duties of the Director until such vacancy has been filled.
  3. Upon appointment of a new Director, that Director shall immediately assume office.
  4. The Director may be removed for cause after a hearing by action of 3/5 of the members of the Town Board unless such services are terminated sooner by resignation, incapacity or death.

D. Membership of the South Shore Area Ambulance

  1. Any person desiring to be a member of the South Shore Area Ambulance (SSAA) may file with the Director of the SSAA an application in such form as the SSAA may require.
  2. Any member of the SSAA who has been expelled or demoted for any offense or neglect of duty or insubordination shall have access to the Town of Clover grievance procedure.
  3. The Director shall report the name of each person being accepted as a member or expelled or demoted to the Town Board.


Section III. Powers and Duties of the Director

A. The Director shall have general supervision of the SSAA, subject to Wisconsin Statutes and Regulations and to this Ordinance and the by-laws of the SSAA. Wisconsin State Statutes and Regulations and this Ordinance supersede any by-laws of the SSAA where conflict may arise.

B. It shall be the duty of the Director to preside at all meetings of the SSAA, to call Special Meetings, to preserve order, to decide all points of order that may arise and to enforce a rigid observance of the State Statutes and Regulations, this Ordinance and the SSAA by-laws.

C. It shall be the duty of the Director to provide day to day supervision of the SSAA operations (DHS 110.48), in both emergent and non-emergency situations, including but not limited to communications and actions taken at the scene, actions taken during transport, incident reporting, HIPPA infractions, equipment preparedness and incidents, and other such supply and personnel issues not covered otherwise in the Ordinance.

D. Not later than September 1st of each year, the Director shall file with the Town clerk a detailed estimate of the appropriations needed for the operation of the SSAA during the ensuing fiscal year.

E. It shall be the duty of the Director to submit a written report to the Town Board not later than March 1st of each year and at such other times as the Director deems desirable, relating to the conditions of the various pieces of apparatus and appurtenances, the number of responses occurring since the previous report, the date of any losses occasioned thereby, the total number of active members in the SSAA by category (EMT, EMR, and Drivers), and resignations and expulsions from the SSAA. The Director shall also report upon the training programs of the SSAA, together with other pertinent information, including recommendations of such improvements as are deemed proper and necessary for the operation of the SSAA.

F. The Director shall assure that all records are accurately maintained, perhaps via 3rd party billing organizations or Dispatch, and accessible to the Director as needed, including all calls to which the SSAA was called, responded or did not respond (including the rationale for non-response), any delays (if any) in responding, outcome of response, names of the responders, and any general remarks as needed.

G. The Director shall keep an inventory of all apparatus and equipment and an inventory of all supplies over $500, showing dates and results of any tests of such, and identified individually (may be obtained from the facility performing the tests or maintenance).

H. The Director shall attend as feasible, the Regional Directors Meetings.


Section IV. Equipment and Supply Management

A. The Director shall have control of all equipment and supplies used by the SSAA and shall be responsible for its proper maintenance and presence. Emergency repairs and or resupply may be authorized by the Director.

B. No equipment or supplies shall be used for any purpose except for the Emergency Medical Care delivered by the SSAA or used in training of the SSAA membership, except pursuant to an agreement approved by the Town Board after the Director has given his/her recommendations on such use. With the approval of the Director such equipment or supply may be used for emergency purposes other than emergency medical services within the Town of Clover and any other Town that has a contract for Services with the Town of Clover. A written report of all such uses shall be made annually to the Town Board.

C. No person shall willfully injure in any manner any equipment or supply belonging to the Town of Clover.


Section V. SSAA Director Duties:

A. No person shall deny the SSAA Director to any property within the Town of Clover at any reasonable time for the purpose of making driveway inspections required by Ordinance #20170510-1 Roadway, Driveway and Right-of-way Ordinance permitting process.

B. The SSAA Director making a Drive-way inspection shall keep written record of each Drive-way inspected by initialing the appropriate area in the Drive-way Permit form.


Section VI. Validity

A. If any section, subsection, sentence, clause or phrase of this ordinance is, for any reason, held to be invalid; such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of the ordinance.

B. All ordinances, and parts of Ordinances inconsistent here-in-with are hereby repealed.


Section VII. Effective Date

A. This Ordinance shall take effect on April 11, 2019.


The Town Clerk Shall Properly publish this Ordinance as required under §60.80, Wis. Stats.

Adopted this 11th day of April, 2019.


Beverly M. Steele, Chairperson   Date

Sheryl Isaksson, Supervisor         Date

Barb Rebak, Supervisor                Date

Jack Smith, Supervisor                 Date

Patti Stemwedel, Supervisor       Date


Attest:      Tracy Gillespey, Clerk             Date


TC: Ordinance #20190410-1 Governing the Organization and Regulation of the SSAA

Created: 04/5/19