WAPELLO — A recent legislative change by the state of Iowa will apparently reduce the payments local ambulance services receive for Medicaid patients by 20 percent, the Louisa County Board of Supervisors learned Tuesday.

Supervisor chair Randy Griffin reported that Wapello Ambulance Service director Cindy Small gave the bad news to the board while giving her six-month update.

“Iowa Medicaid won’t pay part of the transportation costs from the ambulance service due to some legislative action that was taken and the ambulance service will have to write that off,” Griffin said Small reported.

He said Small said the ambulance service had already written off $3,781 this year.

“She asked us if we see any of our state legislators to talk to them about this,” he said, adding ambulances services in the area had apparently not been aware of the new legislation before it went into effect.

Griffin said no other local ambulance services had discussed the issue with the supervisors, although he expects all three that currently serve Louisa County will be impacted.

“We’re going to see that with all the ambulance services until the Legislature takes some action,” he said.

Griffin also reported the supervisors received regularly scheduled monthly updates from veteran affairs director Adam Caudle, public health interim administrator Roxanne Smith and conservation board director Katie Hammond.

Caudle reported having 57 contacts with veterans last month and also reported on efforts to conduct a recognition event for World War II veterans at the Wapello FFA Pro Rodeo, Griffin said.

The recognition would come during the rodeo’s Friday show.

Griffin said Smith recently reported organizing a group of emergency and other potential responders who will begin holding quarterly meetings to plan for natural disasters and other potential emergencies.

According to Griffin, Smith arranged to include emergency management, public health, law enforcement, nursing home, schools, churches and other groups in the meetings.

Meanwhile, Hammond reported berm leveling at Langwood had begun and members of her staff were preparing for the county fair, Griffin said. He also said Hammond told the board a Youth Conservation Corps crew was working at Langwood and a Conservation Corps of Iowa crew from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation was completing maintenance work on the Hoover Nature Trail near Morning Sun.

Griffin said he and supervisor Brad Quigley also discussed recent comments both had received concerning the selection of a county flag design announced earlier this summer by the Hometown Pride Committee.

Griffin said supervisor Chris Ball did not attend the meeting, so he and Quigley agreed to table any further action until Ball returned.

The supervisors also approved the quarterly reports of the auditor and recorder offices and reviewed the quarterly report from the sheriff’s office.

The board also approved stop signs at several locations related to the recent U.S. 61 realignment near Grandview and applications from Mid-America to install fiber-optic cable along a county road in Port Louisa Township.

County engineer Larry Roehl and assistant engineer Adam Shutt also reported a new resurfacing project for 142nd Avenue near Wapello would begin Monday.

In final action, Griffin reported two county employees had agreed to serve as monitors in the Louisa County Courthouse during the Chief Wapello Days car show.