GREEN SPRINGS - Discussion of Independence Day fireworks was a bright topic in Green Springs Monday night.
Proposals from Pyrotechnico and Melrose Pyrotechnics were discussed. Pyrotechnico has a clause in its proposed contract that would remove the company from liability and hold the village liable should any mishap occur. Melrose charges 40 percent of the contract if they must set up again on another date for calamity. Both proposed shows cost about $10,000.
Councilman Don Sours expressed his concerns about the lack of volunteers that could possibly man the display, saying, "We don't have anybody in this town that can shoot off fireworks?" Mayor Adam Greenslade said firefighters may be willing to help in the future, but not this year.
Council approved a motion to authorize Greenslade to negotiate with Melrose to reduce the rescheduling fee. The Independence Day celebration is scheduled for July 5.
Lack of volunteers also is an issue in relation to Emergency Medical Services. Greenslade said he heard at the county meeting Saturday that Green Springs EMS has the most out-of-service time of any squad in the county, being out of service 80 percent of the time. Greenslade said he knows there's a problem, but would like to see more leadership from the county on how to fix it.
"I don't know anything about running an EMS squad. I don't know if anybody on council knows anything about running an EMS squad," Greenslade said.
Adams and Pleasant Township trustees have indicated they are willing to form an EMS district with the village. Greenslade also said the tax levy that would be required to pay $3 per hour to on-call EMS volunteers would be 0.78 mills or $27.30 a year for the owner of a $100,000 home. Green Springs EMS Coordinator Russ Rogers said two people are nearing the end of EMT training and four others are starting the basic class. He said many of the EMTs work day shift so it would be good to get people who work afternoon and night shifts to provide day coverage.
Police Chief Charlie Horne said Nick Weber resigned April 3, accepting a full-time position in Norwalk. He suggested hiring Amy Dickman, who would not be seeking work elsewhere because she is employed during the day in another profession. Council approved hiring Dickman pending the results of pre-employment screenings.
Zoning Inspector Billie Smith said the new Dollar General probably is not to open until August due to construction delays.
Council accepted the resignation of zoning board member Randall McNatt retroactive to March 30. Council now is taking applications to fill two seats on the zoning board.
In other news, Greenslade:
Reassigned council committees.
Issued a proclamation for Motorcycle Awareness Month, advising residents to watch out for motorcycles as the weather gets warmer.
Council is to meet at 7 p.m. April 21.