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Commission passes resolution for EMS

Agency recognized for award at meeting

The Lawrence County Commissioners passed a resolution at the request of Lawrence County EMS Director Buddy Fry regarding appropriately funding the county EMS service.

The resolution requests the commissioners to request the current assessed valuation of Lawrence County and an estimate of the amount of revenue that would be produced by a two (2)-mill tax levy outside the 10-mill limitation for the purpose of Emergency Medical Services from Lawrence County Auditor Jason Stephens.

The proposed levy is an additional levy that would be placed on the ballot at the Nov. 7, 2017 election.

Also at commission, the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus award was given to Lawrence County EMS.

Cynthia Keely, American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline director, was in attendance to present the award to Fry as well as other EMS personnel present.

The Mission: Lifeline program focuses on heart attack treatment, with Gold winners achieving 75 percent compliance for each required measure for two years. Gold Plus winners, including

Lawrence County, achieved beyond 75 percent compliance, and make up less than one percent of all EMS agencies in the nation.

The county commissioners, along with several hospital leaders who were also in attendance for the award, congratulated Lawrence County EMS on its achievement.

In other action, the commissioners:

• Received and filed the Dog Warden Report dated May 20, 2017.

• Approved nine floodplain permits.

• Approved and signed the out-of-county jail housing for Van Wert County with a rate of $45 per day and for Jefferson County Facility with a rate of $55 per day.

• Approved and signed the participation agreement between CCAO Service Corporation and West Publishing Corporation to be utilized by the Lawrence County Department of Job and Family Services Child Support Enforcement Agency from June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2019.

• Approved and signed the Edgerton Hill Force Main Replacement Project requested by Gary Criswell, URS Administrator, approved as to form Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Smith.

• Approved 34 transfer funds.

• Approved 50 appropriations.

• Approved Commission President Bill Pratt to sign the Department of Youth Services FY17 Subsidy Grant.

• Approved Commission President Bill Pratt to sign the FY18 Ohio Department of Youth Services Grant Agreement and Funding Application, requested by Judge David Payne, Probate-Juvenile Judge.

• Received and filed the Grant Closeout Letter for the Lawrence County Airport. The grant closeout date was May 15, 2017, and the final grant amount is for $527,384.

• Approved a resolution to issue a Request for Proposal for energy service providers for self-funding energy efficiency improvements for the Lawrence County courthouse and grounds in accordance with Ohio House Bill 295.

• Met in executive session with Lawrence County Auditor Jason Stephens, Lawrence County Chief Deputy Auditor Chris Kline and Dr. Bill Dingus, with the Lawrence Economic Development Corporation, regarding Real Estate. No action was taken.

• Met in executive session with Jason Stephens, Chris Kline and Jeremy Eastwood regarding personnel, hire, fire, reprimand. No action was taken.