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home : government : government January 25, 2015


2/12/2014 1:50:00 PM
Cameron to review first responders
Sam Finazzo

The Village of Cameron will begin taking a look at decline in the number of first responder volunteers in the village.
That decision came Monday, Feb. 10 after Maggie Hester asked the board Monday to assist with the cost of her first responder training. At one time the village had several people in the community who could respond immediately to medical emergencies by giving aid to victims before an ambulance crew could arrive on the scene. But Hester estimated that there may be just two first responders left in the village.
Hester, a registered nurse, said she would like to serve as one of the unpaid volunteers, adding she believes this kind of quick response to emergencies is important. She also said she would volunteer her services to recruit more people for the program.
"I want to do this for the community," Hester said.
She came to the board to ask for help to pay for the cost of first responder training, but was uncertain what that cost might be.
Village President Mark Trowbridge said he would be concerned about the precedent that might be set if the village were to pay for Hester's training. He also suggested that Lakeview Medical Center, which provides ambulance service to the village, might share in the cost.
Trowbridge said the village ought to look into the reasons behind the decline in the number of first responders and whether the village wants to continue the program.
Trustee Randy Hill said a revitalized first responder program might be good for the village. He suggested that paying for Hester's training could be a start, and that the village might want to sponsor a set number of first responders, saying four might be a good number.
Hill said that instead of paying for training another option might be to pay first responders when they go out on calls, much like the system for volunteer firefighters.
Trustee Jim Turner suggested the village take a look at what other communities in the area are doing before making a decision.
Trowbridge told Hester the village will look into the issue, and bring it back for a decision at a future meeting.
In other business Monday the board:
• Approved the extension of water, storm sewer and sanitary sewer service to the property where a new elementary school will be built this year, with the understanding that the village will be reimbursed for the cost of doing so by the Cameron School District.
• Heard a report by David Webb of General Construction, the firm hired to install the village's new water tower. Webb said the extreme cold weather has held up the project, but expected work to get under way in about 2 weeks. He provided the Board with examples of painted water towers and suggest they begin the process of deciding how the tower should be painted.
• Authorized the advertisement for bids for a splash park to be built this year in Guy Speirs Park.
• Heard a plan to vacate the alley adjacent to 303 N. 10th St., which connects North 10th to Bolivar Street.

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