Sherrodsville officials keep watchful eye on EMS budget

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By Carol McIntire Editor

Budget matters, as they pertain to the emergency medical service, received top billing during the Aug. 17 meeting of Sherrodsville Council. Fiscal Officer Roxanne Mazur told council during the monthly treasurer’s report she is beginning to see a trend in the monthly balance. “If we continue the trend we have the last couple months of receiving $3,000 per month over the expenditures, I believe we will be okay through the end of the year.” Mazur noted the fund balance is $30,093.83 and has $15,000 in open purchase orders. “We are also going to need about $15,000 to make payroll through the end of the year,” she said. She also noted orders were placed fo

r supplies in the amounts of $677.11 and $499.74, but were not approved by council. Council approved payment of the bills and authorized Mazur to open a purchase order for $800 to cover the cost of any medic assists through the end of 2015. Joel Decker, EMS coordinator, who was on an EMS call, arrived in time to explain a $6,000 grant the service received from the Ohio EMS. “The money comes from the seat belt fund,” Decker explained. “Because of the increase in the number of calls we’ve had, we received additional funds this year.” The grant increased from $4,500 to $6,000 this year, but can only be used on equipment and education. In the past, the grant was used for supplies. Decker and Mazur noted that amount, along with a $1,000 donation the service received, will provide training for three EMTs and two Advanced EMTs. In other business, council: -LEARNED details are being worked out for a three-on-three basketball fundraiser for the fire department. Mayor Ken Moffat said the event will be held Sept. 26 at the Eastern Ohio Sports Complex in conjunction with the Conotton Valley Biddy Football program. For information, contact Moffat. -LEARNED from Bill Booth, street department employee, there are 23 bags of concrete remaining from the supply purchased earlier in the summer and he plans to use some of them in the near future to patch pot holes. -TABLED a request for a “no outlet” sign on Bilmar St. -APPROVED spending up to $200 to have Orange Twp. trustees mow ditches along the state highway. -APPROVED quotes of $1,800 and $1,500 to repair the roofs on the fire hall and state building, both of which are owned by the village. Councilman John Nichols submitted the bids on behalf of his company and abstained from voting. -LEARNED from Moffat American Electric Power completed repairs to village street lights. -SCHEDULED the next meeting Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers.