Attica council discusses need for more EMS program volunteers

ATTICA Seneca County EMS Director Ken Majors and county commissioner Jeff Wagner were in attendance at Attica’s council meeting Thursday night to address the need for more volunteer personnel on the county’s EMS squads.

Majors said they have been carrying out a three-phase plan. The first phase was recognition of all the county’s seven squads. Now they are in the information gathering stage and the third will be implementation of that plan.

Last year the EMS program celebrated 35 years and he hopes the information gathered will prepare them for the next 35 years.

Majors noted the success of Bascom’s program, which formed a joint ambulance district with Hopewell and Loudon Townships that has a compensated volunteer model. They pay EMTs $3.00 per hour from a 1.2 mill property tax but they are still considered volunteers.

They are visiting all village councils and township trustee meetings for input and Wagner invited council to a combined information gathering at the Public Safety Building at the Seneca County Fairgrounds at 8 a.m. April 5.

Members again discussed an ordinance pertaining to the blockage of an alleyway to a business property. Council is to examine existing ordinances and come prepared to the next meeting with opinions on formulating a specific village ordinance.

Councilman Nate Frisch is discussing the contract with the village for use of Myers Park for the season with the Ball Association and whether the central park girls’ softball and T-ball field should be included. The Sons of the Legion were invited to name the central park area.

Village Administrator Greg Martin reported Sunoco Pipeline has a meeting with the village officials Friday morning to learn where underground utility pipes and lines are before starting to lay pipeline. He said they would begin mounting the pumps and brackets at the water plant in order to reduce the trihalomethane level, which must be operable by the end of March as ordered by the Ohio EPA.

An Ohio Public Works Commission application has been submitted for a loan toward the wastewater treatment plant and the results will be known in the spring.

Fiscal Officer Pat Krebs stated a total of $802,340.46 is in all funds.

Councilman Kirk Stanfield again brought up property owner Chuck Athy’s dilemma of renters skipping out without paying for utilities and is left to pay the bills. It had previously been explained it is the landlord’s responsibility to do a background check on renter’s payment history which Athy has now been taking advantage of.

In other matters, council:

Thanked Chad Lundgron for repairing the furnace at the firehouse.

Approved a tax advance of $15,000 from the first half real estate tax settlement from the county auditor for the police levy fund.

Adopted the ordinance accepting the 2014 Ohio Basic Code.

Council is to meet at 7:30 p.m. March 13.