The Town Board of Trustees met Thursday, March 13, 2014, for their monthly meeting. During the meeting, the board promoted a familiar face, police officer Trent Patterson, to the vacant Police Chief position. Police Chief Patterson will begin his new duties immediately.
In other business, the Board also regretfully accepted the resignation of a long-time volunteer member of the Emergency Management Committee, Eldon Holman. Eldon has served Carnegie in countless ways for decades, and the Board expressed deep regret at his departure, while at the same time offering sincere thanks and gratitude for his lifetime of service to our community and its citizens.
A complete recap of the evening’s meeting can be obtained by requesting a copy of the official minutes of the meeting from Town Hall.
The Town Board of Trustees will meet for their February monthly meeting this Thursday night at 7 PM. The meeting will be held at the Fine Arts Building in the Carnegie Park. You can find the agenda for the meeting here: February 13, 2014 Agenda
The Town Board of Trustees and the CTCMHA will meet in special session on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at 3 PM. This meeting will be held at Town Hall, 11 E. Main St. The agenda for the meetings can be found here: November 27, 2013 Special Meeting Agenda
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is planning for the replacement of the Washita River bridge on the north side of Carnegie. While engineering and planning are currently underway, they are seeking any public comments regarding the project.
The current plan from ODOT will involve the building of a new bridge next to the old one on the east side of Highway 58. This will involve removing an area of the west side of the lower Town Park to be used as new right-of-way. The Town has worked closely with ODOT in this planning stage to minimize the impacts to the Town Park, but there are few alternatives to having part of the park changed into highway right-of-way. The construction will only affect the extreme west edge of the lower park and the entrance to it. The upper park will not be changed or altered.
You can read the Public Notice from ODOT by clicking on the following link: Public Announcement for de minimus impact at Carnegie Park 7-2-13
ODOT is seeking any public comment from citizens about how they use the park, and how this highway construction project will impact their use of it.
A few residents have contacted Town Hall asking questions about a bill they have received from our EMS department, with a return address in Nebraska. The Town decided to use an outside billing company for the Town’s EMS department when we assumed operation of the service in February 2013. EMS Billing Services, Inc., in Omaha, Nebraska, is a professional billing company that serves hundreds of other EMS departments, both small and large. The Town selected this company to handle the billing and collections process, as they have had 15 years of experience in the industry.
If you have a question about a bill you receive from Carnegie EMS, call EMS Billing Services directly at 1-800-367-9111. They are able to help you file any insurance claims, and can answer any questions about your bill. If you need to send a copy of your insurance cards or other documentation to them, you can mail it to them, or you can bring your documents down to the EMS department office at the Carnegie Fire Station during normal business hours. The EMS staff can make copies of your information and send it to the billing company for you if necessary.
If you have a bill with Carnegie EMS for services prior to February 1, 2013, the Carnegie Hospital will bill and collect for those charges.
If you want to make a payment on your bill, you can call the billing office at 1-800-367-9111 to pay with a credit or debit card over the phone, or you can mail your payment to Town of Carnegie EMS, P.O. Box 641880, Omaha, NE 68164. Please note that payments for the EMS department cannot be made in person at Town Hall or at the EMS office.