MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon City Council approved the purchase of a new heart monitor defibrillator so that the third squad in the fire department’s fleet can have the same technology as the others.
The purchase of the $28,000 unit, which was already part of this year’s budget, should be complete within three to four weeks, fire chief Chris Menapace said. A $5,000 grant from the Ariel Foundation will help lower the city’s cost. An additional grant is being sought, Mayor Richard Mavis said.
Menapace told council this is the third unit to be purchased over a three-year period. In the next couple of years, parts for the unit will be discontinued and no service programs will be available rendering the unit obsolete.
One of the benefits of the most recent model, Menapace said, is the blue-tooth capabilities that will send information from the unit to the cardiologist at Knox Community Hospital.
In response to a question by Sam Barone, Menapace explained that 25 percent of the medical runs are heart related and that there have been 75 times this year when all three squads were in service at the same time. Over 450 times there have been two squads out on calls.
Once the new unit is received, the old one will be placed in a fire truck at the Elmwood Fire Station until it can no longer be utilized.
City Auditor Terry Scott was lauded for his clean financial audits. Brian Meade, a representative of the Auditor of State’s Office, said to council not once, but twice, “clean and accurate records save money.” Meade went on to praise Scott for his commitment to the city as well as his excellent work record.
Meade said there are 5,600 governmental units audited every year. Only 150 receive this award and less than 25 cities earn it.
“We commend Auditor Terry Scott and his staff,” Meade said. “Terry is so well respected by our auditors and we often give him new auditors to train.
During closing comments, every council member praised Scott for this professionalism and commitment to the city and its residents.
“I’m just doing my job,” Scott was heard saying from the audience.
Council approved one other piece of legislation that gave Safety-Service Director Dave Glass the go-ahead to bid for a contract for equipment and services for 2013. Glass explained that some of the items included chemicals and fittings for the water and wastewater departments, fuel and dry cleaning expenses.
Maureen Helser and Annette Meade spoke to council to discuss the emergency levy placed on the ballot by the Mount Vernon Board of Education.
Council adjourned for the night to meet in executive session to discuss land acquisition. No action was taken.
The next council meeting will take place on Monday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. The News will publish times of the scheduled committee meetings when they are scheduled. Committee meetings will be broadcast on Time Warner Cable channel 9 throughout the rest of the year on a trial basis.
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