Judge denies injunction in EMS station lawsuit
REED CITY — Osceola County Circuit Court Judge Scott Hill-Kennedy denied a request by four townships to stop the county from entering into a contract for construction of an ambulance station in Marion.
Burdell, Sherman, LeRoy and Rose Lake townships — all located in the northwest corner of Osceola County — are named as the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Osceola County.
On Tuesday, a hearing was held, during which Hill-Kennedy decided not to grant the injunction that would stop the township with moving forward in the bidding process for the ambulance station.
“This is not a final decision in the case,” Hill-Kennedy said when ruling on the injunction. “This is just a decision whether or not things must be stopped immediately.”
The county commission meets again on April 16, but the deadline for bids on the project is April 18. Its next meeting is not until until May 7.
“There won’t be any action from the board’s perspective until may and we’ll have to make some decisions at that time,” said commission chair Larry Emig. “Nothing will happen before then.”
The townships also are seeking for the court to declare that the county’s ambulance services exclude the townships and that the county has a legal duty not to move forward with construction in Marion until it can improve response times in the northwest part of the county.
Hilll-Kennedy will hand down a written opinion on that issue in a few weeks. An exact deadline was not given in court on Tuesday.