EFFINGHAM — Further details regarding the County’s Settlement with Altamont Ambulance were released on Thursday by Effingham County Clerk Kerry Hirtzel. The settlement states that both parties will drop any claims made about one another in the original case from several years ago. It also states that neither party will be required to “pay the other any monies associated with the resolution of this litigation.” Neither party will accept liability.
However, Altamont Ambulance will receive $125,000 from the County’s Insurance provider Counties of Illinois Risk Management Agency. The funds will be used to ensure that the company has the resources to operate during the transition to Abbott EMS.
Other language in the settlement requires Altamont Ambulance to work with Abbott during the transitional period to ensure that ambulance service in the county is not interrupted. One other stipulation requires the two parties “to not disparage or comment negatively about the other party regarding anything related to litigation.”
The County Board voted to approve the settlement Wednesday afternoon.