The Seneca County Board of Commissioners, during a board meeting Tuesday morning, approved resolutions to hire four new intermediate paramedics for the county EMS paramedic response unit.
"We're putting on a lot of experience; we're putting on a lot of guys," Seneca County EMS Director Ken Magers said. "Really, my intention with these four hires is to provide some summer coverage because we affectionately call this time of year 'trauma season.' And as you've noticed recently, it's been extremely busy, so if we have extra hands ... many hands make light work."
Magers said he received 10-12 calls from people who attended the job fair last month, interested in joining the county EMS.
The commissioners also approved a resolution authorizing the EMS to purchase a new Echo unit vehicle a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe.
The Echo unit is a non-transport paramedic response unit, Magers said. The county EMS was using a 2006 Ford Expedition with 120,000 "tough" miles, he said.
He said the EMS has money through its vehicle replacement fund, which was originally funded by local government funds.
In other business, the Seneca Community Chaplain Corps asked the commissioners if it could use the old youth center building for operations.
The corps, which provides a range of services including critical stress management and debriefing to those experiencing trauma, is operating in an office on the second floor of the Laird Arcade.
Tracy Elder, chaplain director, is in Oklahoma helping with the recent tornado tragedies, Seneca County Sheriff Bill Eckelberry said.
"(Elder) puts people together and trains them to be chaplains, to be able to help folks in times of need," Eckelberry said. "She does a wonderful service for our county."
Commissioner Holly Stacy said there are a couple of places available for rent at the Department of Job and Family Services building that the corps could look into.
President of the Board Jeff Wagner said the old youth center building is in very poor condition, and it would be "very hard and very expensive" to repair the building.
"I don't think, in my opinion, that building is what we're looking at," Wagner said.
Commissioner Fred Zoeller said he would like to give the corps a short-term lease for the building, if the corps agrees to pay for the repairs to get the building up to code.
Wagner said the power and water already have been cut in preparation of a demolition.
Also at the meeting, Eagle Scout Travis Gase of Troop 444 gave an update on his work with the Seneca County Cemetery.
Gase said the Scouts have raised about half of its $5,000 goal.
"This isn't really my Eagle project anymore," he said. "This is more of just to honor the deceased members of our community."
Gase said the project is going to reset hedge stones that have fallen over, to make the cemetery look more "presentable and honorable."
Zoeller said he visited the cemetery last week and there are five unmarked graves there.
"I believe it is the responsibility of the county to maintain the county cemetery in a uniform manner," Zoeller said.
He said there are five graves that do not have stones, and he said the county should put hedge stones on those graves.