|Tue, Sep 16, 2014 12:55 AM
|Issue of September 10, 2014
July 10, 2013 | 09:09 AM
The Harrison County Council Monday night heard a request of $89,000 from Emergency Medical Services Director Gary Kleeman for a new ambulance chassis after another 6.0 Ford engine failed.
The funding includes mounting the old ambulance "box" with all new electrical equipment onto the new chassis.
The council has had to fund the same process the last two years.
"There's no rhyme or reason," Kleeman said for the failed engines.
The truck was driving from the Elizabeth EMS station to the Corydon station to cover for its ambulance, which was out on a run, when it dropped two cylinders without any warning, he said.
"They ought to hold up, dog-gone it," Councilman Jim Heitkemper said.
Kleeman said EMS is not short a truck because a recently ordered ambulance is almost ready to be put into service.
The council will vote on the additional at its next meeting, Monday, July 22, at 7 p.m. at the Government Center in south Corydon.
In related business, Kleeman said he was very impressed with the way volunteer firefighters in New Middletown and Elizabeth fought a fire earlier in the day. He said they may not have saved the structure but they saved a lot of personal belongings.
He said one firefighter had to be transported for heat exhaustion.
The council heard additional budget requests out of several funds which are running low, including $20,000 for unemployment. Council Chair Gary Davis said that would put the total for the year at $10,000 more than what was originally requested ($40,000).
"They keep extending unemployment; we don't have any control over that," Commissioner Kenny Saulman said.
Others include $54,000 for telephone/communications to implement a new phone system that will save money in the long run, Commissioner George Ethridge said; $35,000 for additional legal counsel and services stemming from past lawsuits; and $50,000 for juvenile and adult placement.
Other additionals the council will vote on at its next meeting include $20,000 for the maintenance department to fix humidity issues in the dispatch area of the Government Center; $15,000 for window resealing at the Health Building on the Government Center campus; $4,000 out of the auditor's ineligible homestead fund for upgrades; $2,000 for dues, subscriptions and conferences for the commissioners (all three commissioners attended conferences); and $2,500 for security equipment at the courthouse.
Councilwoman Sherry Brown said the new security group, Alliance Security, shows up early and is still there when employees leave at 4:30 p.m. She also said four out of the five guards have been active Indiana State Police troopers so far and that a new person will work the shifts almost every day of the month.
Heazlitt hired as parks superintendent
Rand Heazlitt was introduced to the county council Monday night as the new superintendent of the Harrison County Parks Dept. Heazlitt began his duties last week and said he's excited to be on the job.
The parks department is in its busy time, with swimming competitions and the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Battle of Corydon and the many events scheduled for this weekend.
"We've got a great parks system and I want everyone to have access to them," Heazlitt said.
Linda Stocksdale, the interim replacement for Claudia Howard, will stay on for a couple weeks to assist Heazlitt.