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Sherrodsville council sends message to assistant ambulance coordinator

By Carol McIntire

If the Sherrodsville Emergency Ambulance Coordinator doesn’t shape up, he’s going to be shipped out.

During its monthly meeting Monday, Sherrodsville Council met in executive session for about 17 minutes with Ambulance Coordinator Joel Decker to discuss the discipline of an employee.

Upon returning to session, council agreed to “write up” Assistant Coordinator Chuck Calissie and provide notice he “will be given two weeks to perform his duties.” Council noted if he does not perform the duties, he will be terminated.

Decker asked for and received permission to purchase four refurbished computers with warranties and accident coverage for use with the village’s ambulance service and training. Cost is not to exceed $1,400.

“The computers will be kept in the building and can be signed out for training purposes,” Decker noted. “They must be signed out with me before they can leave the building.”

He noted ambulance services are moving into the electronic age and beginning Jan. 1, 2014, the new protocol program will be available online. Beginning in January, he would like to allocate two of the computers to the ambulance service and purchase two additional computers for training. Cost of the new system is $1,537 per year. Decker noted there is also a new doctor fee of $75 per year beginning in January.

“I can download the protocol onto the computers and the staff in the ambulances can pull it up to obtain dosage calculations without having to figure them,” Decker said. “I can download the information each week and have it ready to go.”

He noted EMS education classes will be held in the village from Sept. 4 through Dec. 23 on Monday and Wednesday evenings and alternating Sundays.

Council agreed to add 19-year-old Kim Locker to the training class roster and added Bill Eberly, Ethan Booth and Rachel Hendershot to the EMS roster without a vote of approval.

Council agreed to allow the EMS service to provide coverage for Biddy Ball football games at Dennison since Conotton Valley youngsters are involved in the program.

In other business, council:
-LEARNED from Decker the squad has made 144 calls this year with a 100 percent response rate.

-ANNOUNCED a community meeting will be held Sept. 16 in Calvary United Methodist Church concerning the possible construction of Habitat For Humanity home in Sherrodsville. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

-ALLOCATED $1,000 to be spent to repair a power take off switch on fire engine #33 at the request of Chief Terry Sanders. Council also agreed to pay $800 to paint a brush truck  and $200 to detail (clean) it. The truck was donated to the village fire department by the Division of Foresty. The village may qualify for a $500 grant to pay half of the cost.

-ANNOUNCED fish fries are planned for Aug. 23 and Sept. 20 at the fire department from 5:30 until 8 p.m.

-RECEIVED an updated profit and loss statement involving the village homecoming held in July. Fiscal Officer Valerie Gardner said expenses totaled $4,496 and income was $7,203 for a profit of $2,707.

-AGREED to purchase “as many Children At Play” signs as possible for $100.

-LEARNED the flag pole at the ball field “is installed.” The project has been about a year and a half project. Council agreed paying bills totaling $2,126 for the needed supplies and labor.

-AGREED to accept bids until 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 and open them at that time for a 1975 Massey Ferguson 135 tractor and finish mover owned by the village.

-AGREED to spend up to $750 for repairs to a storm sewer line on Moore St. Jim Romig will be asked to perform the work as he was previously made repairs to the line.

-SCHEDULED the next meeting Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers.

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