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 new business, the board
An appropriation adjustment of $4.44 within the Community Development Block Grant FY 11 fund.
An appropriation adjustment of $14,310 for the County Capital Projects fund for 2013.
A fund advance of $4,602.50 from the General Fund to the FY 2012 State Homeland Security Grant Fund.
A supplemental appropriation of $66,764.40 for the Ambulance Service Fund for 2013.
An appropriation adjustment of $17,105.48 within the Ambulance Service Fund for 2013.
A resolution appointing members to the Seneca County Community Improvement Corp., retroactive to Jan. 1.
A resolution authorizing the commissioners to enter into an agreement/contract with Lifestar Billing for ambulance billing services, retroactive to May 30.
A resolution amending the board's orders of Jan. 1, 2013 establishing the ability to dispose of unneeded, obsolete or unfit county property by means of online auction or sealed bid, and charging county department administrators or directors with disposal management oversight.
A resolution authorizing contract service agreement for the Ohio Pollution Control Loan Fund HSTS program.
A resolution providing for retaining Squire Sanders LLP to provide legal services in connection with county financing requirements and improvement projects and other financially related matters.
A resolution hiring George Morgan as an intermediate paramedic for the Seneca County EMS Paramedic Response Unit (Echo), effective Tuesday.
A resolution hiring Justin Wallace as an intermediate paramedic for the Seneca County EMS Paramedic Response Unit (Echo), effective Tuesday.
A resolution hiring Nicholas Huston as an intermediate paramedic for the Seneca County EMS Paramedic Response Unit (Echo), effective Tuesday.
A resolution hiring Robert Chappell as an intermediate paramedic for the Seneca County EMS Paramedic Response Unit (Echo), effective Tuesday.
A resolution authorizing the right of way easements with North Central Electric Cooperative Inc.
A resolution authorizing annual assessments upon benefited landowners as defined in Section 6131.01 of the Ohio Revised Code approval of proposed maintenance work for the several single county ditches presently under maintenance work for 2013 and approval of requests for maintenance assessments for maintenance work performed as submitted by Seneca Soil & Water Conservation District, Ditch Maintenance Department and approved by the Seneca County Engineer pursuant to section 6137.03.
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.