Police/fire/EMS support service requested

By David J. Coehrs - [email protected]

Wauseon City Council discussed implementing an emotional support program for police, fire, and emergency personnel during a brief session held Monday.

A request for the program was approved during the Jan. 10 meeting of the EMS Executive Committee. Councilor Jon Schamp, the committee’s Fulton County representative, said the employee assistance program would provide support services for police, fire, and emergency personnel traumatized by experiences while on duty. He said the program was suggested due to the high rate of suicides and resignations within those fields.

“It sounded like a very good program,” Schamp said.

The committee requested a final cost analysis of the program.

It also approved a request by the Fire Chiefs Association for a new computer system. Schamp said the committee’s recommendation will be forwarded to the the Fulton County Commissioners for consideration.

Council members passed on emergency a resolution accepting recommendations by the Revolving Loan Fund Committee to provide 50 percent matching grants to business owners Julian Giovarelli, Dave Hammontree, and Stanley Darnell for downtown revitalization projects. The grants, which aren’t to exceed $25,000, are aided by government grants to spruce up the businesses.

The owners had applied previously for grants under the Downtown Revitalization Grant program but weren’t approved because all of the grant money had been allocated.

In department reports:

• Fire Chief Rick Sluder reported his department has experienced a high call volume for January.

• Police Chief Keith Torbet said the department won a free body camera as the result of completing an evaluation for Reveal, a body camera manufacturer. Torbet said the free camera will save the city about $1,000.

• Public Service Director Dennis Richardson said Tillman Infrastructure LLC has expressed interest in erecting a cell tower on city-owned property located north of 530 W. Linfoot St . He said the company suggested a 10-year renewable term at $500 monthly and annual cost of living increases.

In other business, the council passed on emergency a resolution authorizing Mayor Kathy Huner to enter into an agreement with Fulton County Commissioners for indigent defense services in county court.

The council also approved motions to accept: Huner’s appointment of Kelly Rashley to the city Park Board; a Violence Against Women Act Grant; and a Justice Assistance Grant.

The next meeting of the city council will be held Monday, Feb. 6, 5 p.m., in Council chambers at 230 Clinton St.

By David J. Coehrs

[email protected]

David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.

David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.