Augusta, Gold Cross battle continues with little progress in sight

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019
News 12 at 6 O'Clock/NBC at 7

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- A long battle between the city and Gold Cross seemed to be nearing its end, but plans reversed course Tuesday in the Augusta-Richmond County Commission.

Will the city work with Gold Cross? No, but the motion that passed only acknowledged contract terms do exist. However, there was no agreement on committing to the actual contract.

So, here are some of the terms: the Augusta Fire Department and the city would share 911 calls. Whoever is closest to the emergency would respond.

The city would give Gold Cross at least $600,000 in subsidy every year. Gold Cross will also dedicate 8 ambulances solely to Augusta on a 24-hour, seven days a week basis. Meanwhile, the fire department would use its three ambulances.

None of the terms were discussed in commission. Leaders supposedly talked about it during a private legal meeting. That’s when the city decided to ditch future negotiation meetings.

"Well, on the advice of our attorney and maybe our procurement director, it's best if Augusta doesn’t take any action at this particular time, so that's what we're doing,” Commissioner Bill Fennoy said.

For now, nothing changes. If you call 911 for a medical emergency, Gold Cross will still show up. It’ll remain that way until a contract resolution is place with the fire department.

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