Kewanee City Manager Gary Bradley on Monday night released new numbers related to the Neponset Ambulance agreement. These numbers reflected the number of calls for service and the outcomes of the ambulance runs. According to the numbers, Neponset residents made 30 calls for ambulance service since the inception of the agreement in June of 2019. Of those 30 calls for service, 20 were taken via Kewanee Ambulance to local medical facilities. Nine of the calls found the patient refusing travel to the hospital. One call was cancelled due to the subject passing away before the ambulance arrived.
There will be an item on the next Kewanee City Council agenda with further information regarding the ambulance agreement. The contract between Kewanee and Neponset has proven controversial in the past with Councilman Mike Yaklich raising questions about the cost of the deal and whether or not the City of Kewanee was being compensated enough for the service.