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Chillicothe Times-Bulletin - Chillicothe, IL
  • Council hears Rescue 33 plea

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  • Rescue 33 remains a high topic of discussion, and the Chillicothe City Council meeting Jan. 14 was no different.
    The council received communication in both written and verbal form on the topic.
    Medina Township officials sent a letter officially asking for Rescue 33 to be their ambulance service. The township board of trustees voted unanimously on the issue Jan. 9.
    During aldermen communications, Alderman Denny Gould said a resident contacted him about wanting Rescue 33 after having to use Advanced Medical Transport, leaving the resident with a $1,300 trip to the hospital.
    During public comments, longtime Rescue 33 Secretary Mike Heneger spoke on behalf of a group of supporters.
    He asked the aldermen to support Rescue 33, saying that the ambulance service has "reorganized greatly" and have "done things that I didn't even know we could do."
    Their service, if licensed, would be staffed from their building at the corner of Truitt and Santa Fe avenues, with two EMTs 24 hours per day.
    "We're still here. We're not going to give up. We kindly ask for your support," said Heneger.
    He also said they are looking into creating a liasion officer position to better communicate with city officials.
    Alderman Gary Sharp asked if Rescue 33 could sustain itself on fundraisers and billing, or if they would need a sales tax referendum.
    Heneger said the squad does not need the tax money at this time.
    In other items, the council:
    • Heard Alderman Mel Witte say he had a complaint of trailers blocking the view on alleys. The issue was referred to the police department.
    • Reimbursed Chillicothe Fire Chief John Myers for attending a conference.
    • Approved a second gazebo at Cutright Park.
    • Approved a notice for special event held on public property for Claud-Elen Days, which includes the use of City and Cutright parks, as well as the closing of various parts of streets for June 2-9.
    • Approved a vactor truck for $94,500 and $9,000 for an easement machine. Gould said previously when a drywell or sewer needed to be cleaned out, the charge would be at least $500 from a company in Peoria. Superintendent of Public
    Works Josh Cooper said he is planning to create some type of schedule to regularly clean out city drywells to ensure they are working properly. A bill for a recent cleaning was $1,000, he said.
    • Approved paying Hawkins Water Treatment Group $7,341 to bring the Chestnut Street pumphouse online and operational. It had been used as a backup, but Environmental Protection Agency officials said the pumphouse must be used or capped off, Cooper said. It has been out of service for at least 10 years.
    • Approved for Cooper to attend a water conference Feb. 19-21 in Effingham, not to exceed $500.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Approved a partial payment of $66,764 to ShoreMasters Inc. for the fabrication and delivery of the new boat docks near Elm Street along the riverfront.
    • Approved a partial payment of $111,600 to Midwest Foundation, representing 90 percent of the piling work completed for the boat docks.
    • Approved a change order between the city and ShoreMaster to increase its contract for the Elm Street boat docks by $1,000 due to prevailing wage costs and approved an additional $4,000 to the contract with Midwest Foundation to add piling for an intermediate dock to float. The original plans called for a fixed dock.
    • Approved an amendment to the city's electricity aggregation plan by "streamlining the process" to allow new residents to opt into the program immediately as opposed to waiting to a certain time of the year. Residents already should be noticing a cheaper price for electricity through the program, aldermen said.

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