Council talks plans for district EMS

ATTICA – Mayor Bryan Shock and Councilmen George Yakoubian and Nate Frisch relayed to members of Attica Village Council the results of attending the countywide EMS meeting April 5 at the fairgrounds.

Yakoubian said the county is interested in forming four joint fire districts that would pay volunteer EMTs a stipend provided through levies in each district. It was mentioned that Bloomville had been included in Attica’s district, but Bloomville and Bloom Township is interested in forming their own district.

“We’ve got to do something,” Frisch said. “We’ll lose our ambulance to the county and then we’d have to wait 25 minutes for help instead of five minutes.”

Members felt the training process keeps candidates away because of the 140 hours of training and clinicals, that candidates must pay for.

Shock said a meeting has been set for April 23 bringing the AVR fire board members, Reed and Venice Township trustees, Attica EMTs, village officials and Seneca County Prosecutor Derek Devine together to discuss future options for the program.

Village Administrator Greg Martin reported the backwash lagoons at the water treatment plant were inspected and passed by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday. The next inspection is in 5 years.

He said the catch basins have been cleaned and they will router tile. They plan to start picking up brush and filling potholes soon.

Councilman Kirk Stanfield reminded residents of the tree contest locating the tallest tree in the village in celebration of Arbor Day. Participants should email their choice to by Friday. The grand prize of a set of antique Harvard Classic Books will be awarded April 25.

In other business, council:

Granted the removal of an unnecessary handicap parking sign.

Heard the total of all funds is $856,868.67.

Discussed a letter sent to the Attica Hub regarding the water charges in the village.

Council is to meet at 7:30 p.m. April 24.