Republic council hears county EMS concerns

REPUBLIC – Seneca County EMS Director Ken Majors, accompanied by County Commissioner Fred Zoeller, addressed Republic Village Council with concerns on future manning of volunteer EMS squads in the county.

Majors emphasized phase one was to recognize and show appreciation to the seven county squads last year celebrating 35 years of service. Of the seven squads, only four are in service at any time. Volunteers are badly needed.

He pointed to the Bascom model with Hopewell and Loudon townships forming a joint ambulance district that pays volunteers a stipend of $3.45 per hour through a 1.2-mill levy that generates a little less than $100,000.

When the county formed the EMS district in 1978, Majors said the commissioners budgeted $20,000, and now $500,000 is budgeted for the program. The plan had been for the commissioners to fund the equipment and the county squads would supply the manpower. The Republic/Scipio Township squad has 10 members but most squads are in need of volunteers.

The question was asked if hours invested in training was part of the problem and Majors said they can be. Training takes four months and continuing education is necessary annually.

Zoeller invited council to participate in a brainstorming meeting at 8 a.m. April 5 at the Public Safety Building at the fairgrounds.

Village Administrator Crystal Hoepf said she has obtained quotes on the cost of truck tires and said the purchase should be made before next winter arrives. She extended a thank-you to Jenna Larick for assisting with office work for National Honor Society service hours.

It was announced maintenance worker Travis Gregg has resigned and the village is accepting applications for the position.

In other business, council approved council rules, heard all funds contain $1,179,000 with $600,000 invested and discussed a stop sign location.

Council is scheduled to meet next at 7 p.m. March 17.