With emergency medical services for the county soon to be handled by Wabash General Hospital, the Edwards County EMS Board is now seeking to begin the process of dissolving their incorporated status.
And maybe the board as a whole.
The EMS board met in its February regular session Monday evening, less than 12 hours after the Edwards County Board of Commissioners voted to award operation of the county’s service to Wabash General Hospital. As such, much of the board’s discussions revolved around what steps they should take to dissolve its corporation, a process that may take several months to complete.
EMS Board Chairman Seth Fearn referenced an email sent to the members of the board from Edwards County State’s Attorney Eric St. Ledger providing directions for how the board could go about dissolving its corporation.
“This is telling us kind of how we’re supposed to move forward…transferring assets over and all that,” said Fearn. “Basically we have to approve all that.”
One member of the board sought clarification on exactly what the EMS board’s role should be going forward before getting too deep into discussions about dissolution of its incorporated status.
“Before we get to the question of dissolution, I think the question still remains,” said McDaniel of the board’s future. “I mean, two months ago, there was still a lot of uncertainty about the functionality of a board in general.”
Fearn noted that during a conversation he had over the phone with Messman Monday afternoon, the county board chair implied that the EMS board might dissolve along with its articles of incorporation.
“When I was talking to Davis this afternoon, he said that…we’d probably just end up dissolving this board when we dissolved the corporation,” he explained. “And then, if they found out that they needed to have a board, they would put one back together.
“That’s the impression I got.”
The board also discussed the need for legal representation to guide them through the process. McDaniel stated that he spoke to St. Ledger to see if the State’s Attorney’s Office would be able to offer legal opinions on the matter, but said St. Ledger didn’t believe that would be the appropriate way to go about the process.
“So he thought…if we needed representation, we would need to go and get somebody else,” McDaniel noted.
The chairman stated that he felt they did in fact need legal representation to move through the dissolution process.
“I kind of feel like we need to have somebody guide us along to make sure we do stuff right,” said Fearn. “If we’re going to do this, we might as well do it right the first time.”
The board discussed two potential options, but did not make a final decision on who they would hire to undertake the dissolution effort.