City officials are refuting the claims made by Nora Powell and her attorney that the city's plans to fund ambulance service would breach the terms of the interlocal fire protection agreement.
Powell, a member of Muncie City Council, said she couldn't support the use of the Center Township Fire Protection Fund to pay for city based ambulances after she used her own money to seek an independent legal opinion on the issue.
The newest version of the plan calls for three ambulances to be stationed at specific fire stations across the city with a fourth being purchased for reserve. It's a scaled-back version of an idea proposed by city officials in 2017.
Powell used her own personal money to pay attorney Dan Gibson to examine the legality of using the fund.
In a three-page legal response, Gibson stated buying emergency medical equipment using the fund would breach the terms of the agreement between the two municipalities.