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Council OK’s CVB funds; Green-lights agreement for $20M in new business

A nearly two-years long battle to set a uniform standards for York County’s ambulance service may finally be coming to a conclusion.

Since November, 2011, the county, Piedmont EMS and the county’s volunteer rescue squads have been searching for a way to pair the resources of paid Paramedics with volunteers serving rural communities.

The end goal is to reduce the time residents in rural York County have to wait for an ambulance.

That’s a debate, that until now, has not had a public face to it. That face came forward Monday, as Matt Elliott and his wife Jessica shared with council the story of waiting more than an hour to be transported to Piedmont Medical Center. Matt Elliott said his wife woke up the morning of August 19, 2013 in distressed labor, and by the time she made it to the hospital, she had lost her daughter.

Elliot says while he does not blame the paramedics or the hospital — his daughter’s death was one that did not have to happen and was a result of a failed system.

But Monday night, representatives from Lake Wylie, Fort Mill and River Hills rescue squads told council they do not plan on signing a copy of the EMS agreement in its current form.

WRHI has filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act to review that agreement.

 

Also Monday, council OK’d two major agreements that are expected to bring hundreds of new jobs to the area. 3D Systems, based in Rock Hill, plans to invest $10 million in an expansion of its facility at the Waterford Business Park, while German automobile adhesives maker Coroplast plans to open its first facility in the United States at the Antrim Business Park.

Coroplast will occupy what is now a vacant shell, or “spec” building. York County Council Chairman Britt Blackwell says that’s welcome news.

 

And, Monday night, council voted 4-3 to continue funding the county’s Convention and Visitors Bureau. The organizations has recently come under scrutiny by councilman Joe Cox. Cox has questioned the need for a tourism arm funded by the county’s hospitality tax. Blackwell cast the deciding vote in the decision, saying it was not fair to cut the CVB’s funding mid-year.

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