Albemarle Seeks Injunction to Stop Scottsville Rescue Squad Donation
SCOTTSVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Albemarle County is seeking a temporary injunction from a judge to stop the Scottsville Volunteer Rescue Squad from giving away its assets before the county takes over.
The court filing came one day after the county Board of Supervisors voted to dissolve the organizations. The county claims immediate action is necessary to prevent irreparable harm to the county.
The rescue squad was dissolved last week by the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. The decades-old rescue station has struggled with volunteers staffing the station.
"I want to see these assets that these people donated stay here and serve them because if we give them to Albemarle and then we try to get them back, they'll be building another bike path somewhere," Payne said.
The squad board’s chairman – John Waits – made a statement saying the rescue squad was unwilling to simply give the land to the county. He said they intend to donate all of its assets to a qualifying nonprofit located in Scottsville.
“We chose to keep the monetary assets in this community because they were donated by this community,” said board member Edward Payne. “We have an aging population…we need medical care as well as EMS care.”
Payne said the donation could be for ongoing health initiatives to get clinics and doctors to aging population in the Scottsville area.
The station is now being manned by professional staff from Albemarle County Fire Department through the day and overnight. The fire department will graduate a class in October to work at the station 24 hours a day.
"ACFR has done a great job in trying to man this station during all of this," Payne said. "They have limited assets and resources and they've done their best."
The county is basing its decision to file a temporary injunction off of a deed signed in 1996 which states the county would have ownership if the rescue squad was dissolved. It also cites safety issues that could impact how it responds to emergencies.