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Stipends OK’d for Chatfield EMTs

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Ambulance Director Susan Kester addressed the Chatfield City Council at their August 11 meeting about the problem she has had getting volunteers to cover weekend hours. She noted that other ambulance services are also finding it difficult to get people willing to sign up for weekend call time.

Kester praised the people on the ambulance crew, but acknowledged that people put in fewer hours than they did in the past. She asked the council to consider paying the EMTs that are on call during the weekend hours a $2 per hour stipend to encourage sign up for these hours. The stipend would be in addition to any stipend that may be earned while on an actual call.

The difficulty in covering the hours of 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday was discussed at a recent Public Services Committee meeting and the committee favored the implementation of a stipend on weekends. Two EMTs must be scheduled to be on call at all times.

The weekend on call stipend would cost an additional $240 per weekend or $12,480 per year. Kester asked that the stipend be implemented immediately and it would cost $4,800 for the remainder of 2014. The weekend on call stipend was approved.

Kester noted that an increase in training fees has been figured into the next budget to cover these hours.

Bond Sale

David Drown explained that the council had authorized the competitive sale of General Obligation Bonds a couple of weeks ago for the 2014 Street and Utility Improvements. The bond sale for the $1,725,000 improvement project resulted in five bids. Raymond James and Associates, Inc. had the most favorable bid with a purchase price of $1,751,683 and a 1.9 percent effective interest rate over the life of the 10 year bond. This lowest cost deal was accepted and is scheduled to close September 2.

Other Business In Brief

•The first payment to Zenke, Inc. for the 2014 Improvement projects in the amount of $210,448.25 was approved. Dillon Dombrovski, WSB and Associates, noted there is a 5 percent retainage each month in the event that any problems have to be remedied down the road. City Clerk Joel Young said everything has been going surprisingly well, the water has been shut off from time to time and people have been pretty understanding

•Young explained the terms of a proposal to pay off assessments on Fingerson-Donahoe Subdivision Second Phase Lots (originally eight residential lots). A lump sum payment of $95,128 which equals the original cost of the assessments on the four remaining lots to be sold was offered to clear all assessments on the four unsold lots along Hillside Drive. Assessments on the four lots that were previously sold had generated payment of assessments in excess of $110,000.

Young said the improvements were initiated by the city and not the property owner who agreed to take on the assessments because the community needed her cooperation. The Personnel/Budget Committee recommended the city accept the payment as the Hillside Drive extension and utilities to the new school and development at the top of the hill were made possible with the cooperation of this property owner. The lump sum payment represents the actual cost of the street and utility improvements made in 2008. Accepting the offer made by the Donahoe Trust would only waive the interest that has accrued on the assessments.

The original assessments plus interest total more than what has been offered for the lots and more than their market value. Young said he believes this is a different situation than any other as the property owners did not initiate the improvements. He added that it is the right thing to do and you will be covering the real costs. A motion to accept the offer as presented was approved. Councilor Mike Urban voted no.

•The appointment of Bob Cole to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a term that expires January 31, 2017 was approved.

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