Bloomville council latest to hear appeal for more county EMTs

BLOOMVILLE – Seeking ideas for increasing county EMTs brought Seneca County EMS Director Ken Majors and County Commissioner Fred Zoeller to Bloomville’s council meeting Wednesday night.

Majors said they have been visiting council and township meetings making them aware of the need for more manpower. The county has seven squads and only four are in service at any one time.

The EMS program started in 1978 with commissioners dedicating more than $19,000. Now the budget allows for $500,000 to support the program. Perhaps offering pay or compensation would enhance securing more volunteers. He pointed out the success the Bascom, Hopewell and Loudon Townships joint ambulance district has had with offering their volunteers a stipend of $3.45 per hour provided through a 1.2-mill property tax levy that generates $110,000 annually.

Zoeller said commissioners support the program, but more volunteers are needed. He used Sandusky County as an example of why the county won’t take the system, as the program costs Sandusky $2.5 million a year.

Majors invited council members to participate in the brainstorming session for all entities at 8 a.m. April 5 at the Public Safety Building at the fairgrounds.

Resident Vickie Barker approached council about a family predicament. She has rented the shelter at the park for Aug. 31 for her extended family coming from several states to celebrate her parents’ wedding anniversary. The family was expecting to have use of the swimming pool for an estimated 25-50 children attending the occasion but has learned the pool will be closing Aug. 17, just before school starts. She asked council if the pool could remain open that day.

Street Superintendent Rick Dentinger estimated the chemicals for the extra days would run approximately $600 and the cost of having lifeguards for the day would be added. After some discussion, council members denied the request. Barker suggested the village post opening and closing dates at the pool.

Dentinger reported he has been repairing water breaks and plowing snow.

Zoning Inspector Bill Oliver has been examining the code books for the village and feels they are not always being used. He read an ordinance about obtaining a permit before remodeling or erecting a new structure. He believes some properties are not in compliance with the codes. He said the goal is to keep the village neat and orderly. Council discussed making changes to some codes after further examination.

In other news, council:

Approved an ordinance to appropriate additional funds for expenses.

Announced the Lions’ Club baked steak dinner March 16 at the Community Center.

Announced the bloodmobile visit at the Community Center 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday.

Announced the American Legion euchre tournament at 7 p.m. March 15.

Council is to meet at 7 p.m. March 19.