Agrees to obtain a Mobile Solar Battery Trailer at no cost to the city.

By Rich Wicks | Times Vedette

During the regular meeting of the Panora city council on Jan. 8, the council discussed the status of discussions with the EMS Advisory Council.

“Last Thursday, Brian (Dorsett), Blake (Michelsen), Lisa (Grossman) and I met with the county EMS advisory group,” Mayor Curt Thornberry said. “They put together a proposal.”

Michelsen and Dorsett shared their impressions from the meeting.

“Each side is kind of holding their own, and hopefully we can work through that in the next meeting or two, and finally get in a direction where we can move forward,” Councilman Dorsett said.

“There’s an argument that it could be more efficient and more cost-effective if there weren’t two services, but rather just one,” Thornberry said, noting that County Supervisor Mike Dickson was collecting data to try to quantify the potential savings.

“We’ll see what happens,” Thornberry said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what they bring back.”

In other news, the city council approved the 2024 fire department roster and the 2024 EMS volunteer roster as presented.

The council also discussed obtaining a Mobile Solar Battery Trailer at no cost to the city. The trailer is available through funding with 90% of the costs paid through FEMA and the remainder by the state. The trailer would allow the city to have a portable power source for incidents such as power outages or certain events. The council agreed this would be a worthwhile piece of equipment to have.

The council members each signed the City Council Personal Code of Conduct.

The council’s next regular meeting will be Monday, Jan. 22 at 5:30 p.m. The meeting is accessible electronically thru GoToMeeting as allowed by Section 21.8 of Iowa Code. Web link: or Phone call: 1-(312)-757-3121 Access code: 295-099-701 Audio PIN: 220 #