Indiantown consents to Martin County’s interlocal agreement for Fire/Emergency Services for five years

Village to receive $1.5 million grant for water utility improvements and lifting of park deed restrictions

Posted 8/23/21

After extensive discussions between the Village of Indiantown and Martin County regarding Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the Village and County have agreed...

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Indiantown consents to Martin County’s interlocal agreement for Fire/Emergency Services for five years

Village to receive $1.5 million grant for water utility improvements and lifting of park deed restrictions

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INDIANTOWN — After extensive discussions between the Village of Indiantown and Martin County regarding Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the Village and County have agreed to an interlocal agreement to opt into the Martin County Fire-Rescue Municipal Service Taxing Units (MSTU) and Municipal Service Benefit Units (MSBU) for five years.

The Village Council consented to the agreement on Thursday, August 19, 2021. Terms begin with the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2022 and continue through the fiscal year ending September 30, 2027.

“We have worked hard to get to this point,” said Indiantown Mayor Janet Hernández. “The end goal has and always was to provide our community better public safety services while being fiscally responsible.”

Martin County, in return, has agreed to provide the Village with a $1.5 million grant to be used toward Village water infrastructure improvements and to modify deed restrictions on park lands previously transferred from County to Village ownership effective immediately.

Martin County Fire Rescue will also be required to provide monthly statistical performance reports and quarterly presentations to the Village. After September 30, 2027, the Village can withdraw consent and opt out of the Fire-Rescue MSTU via ordinance providing specified notice to the county. This can be done no later than May 1 preceding the fiscal year for which consent is withdrawn.

Since 2019, the Village of Indiantown has evaluated various alternatives for Fire Rescue and EMS services, many of which contemplated the Village opting out of Martin County’s options. Earlier in 2021, the Village began working towards establishing a Village owned and operated Fire Rescue/Emergency Medical Service to reduce costs and improve service.

When the Village incorporated in 2017, four services were provided by the county: parks, roads, stormwater and fire rescue. The only county-provided service remaining among these is fire rescue.

INDIANTOWN — Después de extensas discusiones entre el Pueblo de Indiantown y el condado de Martin con respecto a los servicios médicos de emergencia y rescate de bomberos (EMS), el Pueblo y el condado han acordado un acuerdo interlocal para optar por las Unidades de Impuestos del Servicio Municipal de Bomberos y Rescate del Condado de Martin (MSTU) y Unidades de Beneficio de Servicio Municipal (MSBU) durante cinco años.

El Concejo del Pueblo consintió el acuerdo el jueves 19 de agosto de 2021. Los términos comienzan con el año fiscal que comienza el 1 de octubre de 2022 y continúan hasta el año fiscal que termina el 30 de septiembre de 2027.

“Hemos trabajado duro para llegar a este punto”, dijo la alcaldesa de Indiantown, Janet Hernández. “El objetivo final ha sido y siempre ha sido proporcionar a nuestra comunidad mejores servicios de seguridad pública y, al mismo tiempo, ser fiscalmente responsable”.

El condado de Martin, a cambio, acordó otorgarle al Pueblo una subvención de $1.5 millones que se utilizará para las mejoras de la infraestructura de agua del Pueblo y para modificar las restricciones de escritura en las tierras del Parque transferidas previamente del condado a la propiedad de la Villa con efecto inmediato.

También se requerirá que el Cuerpo de Bomberos del Condado de Martin proporcione informes de desempeño estadístico mensuales y presentaciones trimestrales al Pueblo. Después del 30 de septiembre de 2027, el Pueblo puede retirar el consentimiento y optar por no participar en el MSTU de bomberos y rescate a través de una ordenanza que proporciona un aviso específico al condado. Esto se puede hacer a más tardar el 1 de mayo anterior al año fiscal para el que se retira el consentimiento.

Desde 2019, el Pueblo de Indiantown ha evaluado varias alternativas para los servicios de bomberos y emergencias médicas, muchas de las cuales contemplaban que el Pueblo optara por no participar en las opciones del condado de Martin. A principios de 2021, el Pueblo comenzó a trabajar para establecer un servicio médico de emergencia / rescate de bomberos de propiedad y operación del Pueblo para reducir costos y mejorar el servicio.

Cuando se incorporó el Pueblo en 2017, el condado proporcionó cuatro servicios: parques, carreteras, aguas pluviales y rescate de incendios. El único servicio proporcionado por el condado que queda entre estos es el de rescate de incendios.

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