Tuesday, December 20, 2016
20 December 2016 Dearborn County Commissioners Mee
20 December 2016 Dearborn County Commissioners Meeting Notes
Present: Shane McHenry, President, Art Little, and Kevin Lynch
Also present: Gayle Pennington, Auditor, Andy Baudendistel, Attorney, and Terri Randall, Administrator
Baudendistel read the Title Vi statement as legally required.
Dillsboro EMS 2016 Contract tabled from last meeting. Randall said there was some confusion last year so they didn’t do the contract until late in the year and got paid in Jan 2016 with the funds encumbered. With new leadership they made the mistake of thinking that was their 2016 contract. She has Bev Tackett with the Dillsboro EMS here tonight.
Bev Tackett said they pay $5/hr per run. They took on 3 new members to help fix. One is already a certified EMT. In the past they put people thru class and then they bail. Trying to get people who live in the town to alleviate that problem. They are still missing a few runs. Has opened it up to ant Dearborn County EMT to get some more volunteers who are off from other units.
McHenry said that they have been working on things since Nov. This is nothing personal- but we have to get coverage or we hear form the public if things aren’t going well. Randall talked with Seth Elder and Mary Lou. The Fire Dept sent Seth Elder a letter to try to merge with them. They felt they had to check things out with the town board. They didn't think they could settle this without the town’s input. She thinks the door is still open to see what that offer from the Fire Dept would be. It’s still not a lot of pay and this is a rural area. This is a temporary fix for 2017. She thinks they should meet further. She told them also that nearly 100 runs that Aurora had to make for them should make them consider giving some of that money to Aurora. Tackett agreed that would be fair to consider. Andy could draft some legal documents for them to transfer that money. Lynch said that he appreciates what she came into and how she has tried to handle it now. By reaching out to other depts to help make runs. Lynch thinks we need to take another approach. He doesn't think we need to mandate giving money to Aurora, but its a good idea. He appreciates her stepping up. And the Fire Dept can help as drivers and some of them are also EMTs. Volunteers are going to need to be paid. Too much training is required for this to be all volunteer. Aurora has bee a great partner to you. Lynch motioned to execute the contract for the 2 ambulances for Dillsboro this year. Little 2nd. Approved $40,000. This will be signed in front of notary tomorrow. Randall kept stressing the idea of donating to Aurora.
2017 PAWS Agreement- Baudendistel said this agreement has been reviewed. He had to leave at this point. He also reviewed the other items on the agenda. Sandy Carley said she really has nothing to say. New director - Brenda Wagle. They will have their 2016 stats in January and introduce the new director. They will do that for Council too. They are doing well. Agreement stays the same as 2016’s. Approved and signed. $10,000 per month.
HIGHWAY DEPT. Todd, Listerman, County Engineer- Local Roads and Bridges Matching Grant Agreement- [pesented by Randall in Todd’s absence. Community Crossings Matching grant. Woliung Road Bridge. $575,443 is the max for the award. Commissioners signed the agreement.
St. Leon 2016 EMS Contract- Randall presented. $20,000 for one squad. They are also working on their program. They are providing response but NO TRANSPORT. The other squads are saying it isn’t fair to have this much money with only half the work done. They are not doing the full contracted work. We need to put it out there that these units need to communicate with us. We should pay for this year and then meet to see how we are going to deal with them for 2017. Commissioners agreed to pay the contract.
PTABOA Appointments- Mark Hardebeck and Mark Neff- approved
2017 - 911 Director- Jared Teaney approved
2017 EMA Director- Jason Sullivan approved
DC Hospital Board of Trustees appointment- Ron Denney as reappointed
2017 Meeting dates and times- only conflict is Feb 21st evening time for McHenry. This will also be a morning meeting in Feb. McHenry said that he wants to move the evening meeting time to later like 6 PM for people who work to be able to attend. Third Tues of all other months will begin at 6 PM. Morning meetings will be the same time at 8:30 AM.
ADMINISTRATOR- Terri Randall- Agreement with DCH for EMT training- IVY Tech had EMT training at $1200. DCH does it for $800. The alliance has a website and working on training video for recruitment. The hospital stepped up and we are happy with the cost savings. They screen the people coming in to be sure they are committed. $100,000 was earmarked for recruitment and training. $10,000 should go into the line item for dining along with the $4000. The EMS alliance would do a proposal for a scholarship of sorts.and 50/50 match paying for the training. The squads are putting up 12 people with $400 each except for two of them that have some cert already. Looking at formalizing that program for next year. Approved.
AUDITOR- Gayle Pennington- Claims and Dec 6 Minutes approved. Both payroll for the end of the year are submitted- Dec 9 and Dec 22. approved.
ATTORNEY- Andy Baudendistel- nothing- he was gone by this time due to another commitment.
COMMISSIONER COMMENTS- Lynch- exciting too see the steel going up out there. Wish every one a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thanked Terri and Gayle for all they do this year.
Little- Thanked Kevin for his good wishes. This is the end of our four year term for Kevin and him. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and thanked Terri and Gayle and all the others who work here.
McHnery was the flower boy for the chicken fry at the annual Christmas party. Laughter.
PUBLIC COMMENT- none
LATE ARRIVAL- none
Meeting Adjourned at 5:55 PM
Christine Brauer Mueller