Medix, which marked its 40th anniversary in 2015, will base its Ilwaco operation in the fire hall.

ILWACO — Ilwaco has a new full-time resident in town: Medix Ambulance Service.

At its Dec. 26 meeting, Ilwaco City Council approved a joint agreement between Medix and the city. Councilors also approved an interfund loan agreement and a 2018 budget amendment.

Ilwaco City Council’s next meeting is at 6 p.m. on Jan. 14 in the Community Building, attached to the Ilwaco Timberland Regional Library branch. The public is encouraged to attend.

Medix in Ilwaco

Councilors approved a joint use agreement between the city and Medix Ambulance Service. Medix has resided in the Ilwaco Fire Hall since Dec. 1. Medix employees will staff the hall 24/7.

However, Mayor Gary Forner allowed Medix to move into the hall before the agreement was signed by both parties. The decision resulted in some tension during the council meeting.

The city is required to provide space for Medix to park an ambulance. The hall’s available space is limited, so a possible solution could be moving the city’s surplus navy truck. However, the city may not have the funds to purchase a new vehicle if the city gets rid of it, Fire Chief Tom Williams said.

“The ambulance has been sitting outside the last eight years,” Williams said. “I’m working alone out there with my tape measure.”

Councilor Matt Lesnau and Forner said they could help Williams make space in the hall. Another possible solution discussed was changing the order of where vehicles are currently parked inside.

Medix will pay a monthly rent of $1,467 to use the space. Medix is also expected to purchase an automatic stove shut-off device to prevent the kitchen stove from being left on during calls. The device is a precaution to prevent the hall from being burnt down a second time — the hall was destroyed by fire in 2006.

If the city doesn’t obtain a final occupancy certificate by April 15, the agreement will be terminated.

“We need to be working together as a team,” said Councilor Missy Bageant. “We’re all here to help the community.”

Interfund loan

Councilors adopted an ordinance which approved a $46,000 interfund loan.

The city’s wastewater fund didn’t meet its expected revenue amount in 2018. City Treasurer Holly Beller recommended the council approve a loan which would allot the needed funds from the Excise Tax Reserve Fund.

The loan was approved on the condition of the money being transferred to the wastewater fund if needed. The city may not need to use the loan if other revenue sources come in before the start of 2019, Beller said.

If used, the loan is not to exceed $46,000. The loan will be repaid early in 2019 through project grant awards, according to the city.

“I’m confident we’ll be okay for the end of the year but I would like something to fall back on just in case,” Beller said.

The deficiency is the result of emergency repairs and upgrades

2018 Budget

Councilors approved an amendment to the city’s 2018 budget. The budget amendment was approved to update the budget based on unforeseen revenues and expenditures.

The amendment covers expenses for a City Hall rat infestation; the water and wastewater funds not meeting projected amounts; and the excise tax reserve fund possibly being used to cover a $46,000 deficiency.

Alyssa Evans is a staff writer for the Chinook Observer. Contact her at 360-642-8181 or

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