Butler County Times Gazette
  • County OKs replacing ambulance engine

  • Following a hectic few weeks, EMS Director Grant Helferich joined the Butler County Commission to discuss a problem with one of the ambulances in the fleet.
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  • Following a hectic few weeks, EMS Director Grant Helferich joined the Butler County Commission to discuss a problem with one of the ambulances in the fleet.
    “We took one of the 2010 ambulances in to be checked over after we discovered that it was running irregularly,” said Helferich. “We learned that more than one of the head gaskets on the engine and the EGR system on the ambulance needs repair work completed. The recommendation of the service men at Farmer’s Repair was to replace the engine. They estimated the cost to replace the engine at $18,001.80.”
    “This becomes a problem quickly,” commented County Administrator Will Johnson. “There is not enough money in the EMS fund to cover this type of repair, so the funds to cover this would have to come out of the general fund. There is no great answer that would make everyone happy in this circumstance. My recommendation is to replace it out of the general reserve.”
    “We could argue about this all day long, but the ambulance would still have to be repaired,” said Commissioner Dan Woydziak.
    “We can’t be down an ambulance,” said Commissioner Mike Wheeler. “It’s just not safe.”
    The commission voted 5-0 in favor of funding the replacement of the engine for the ambulance in the amount of $18,001.80.
    The commission also:
    • approved a contract with Terrence L. Huelskamp for legal counsel services and appointed Huelskamp as county counselor.
    • approved a request by Gary Belknap for a Homestead Lot Split with APO in order to separate a homestead and 10 acres from a parcel containing approximately 46.9 acres.
    • approved a request by Alan Likes for a Homestead Lot Split with APO in order to separate a homestead and 10 acres from a parcel containing approximately 126.6 acres.
    • approved a Butler County contract for engineering services to determine flood-plain regulations compliance on property owned by Richard and Barbara Parks not to exceed the amount of $5,000.
    • approved an application by Gary and Diane Grove to rezone approximately 40 acres from an AG-40 Agricultural classification to an RE Residential Estate classification.
    • received and opened sealed bids for replacing the automated fuel dispensing management system for the Department of Public Works.
    • approved a letter authorizing Electronic Technology, Inc. to coordinate with the FCC for the licensing of any frequencies needed for the Data Expansion Project.
    • approved Resolution 13-62 establishing the annual salaries for the six elected positions, reflecting a 2.5 percent increase. The motion was carried 4-1 with Commissioner Peggy Palmer opposing.
    “A merit increase is based on evaluations, productivity and goals. I don’t believe we have the ability to give evaluations on elected officials,” said Palmer. “I am opposed to this increase.”
    Page 2 of 2 - • approved Resolutions 13-63 and 13-64 requesting exemption of the Butler County Detention Facility and the Butler County Judicial Facility from HS 2052.
    Kari Adams can be reached at kadams@butlercountytimesgazette.com.
     

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