NEW FRANKLIN New Franklin and the village of Clinton have agreed to a three-year extension of the operation of a joint fire and EMS station.
During the Oct. 3 council meeting, City Council approved the agreement, which was first put in place in 2008. New Franklin Mayor Paul Adamson said the original reason behind the station was to have a station on the west side of town.
Adamson said it has been a good partnership and only a few things were tweaked with the new agreement. Normally, the station is staffed by one fire medic from New Franklin and one from the Clinton. Adamson said normally the third person, when needed, would come from New Franklin, requiring the city to call in someone to cover its station. Moving forward, the cost for a third person will be split.
The three-year agreement is good, Adamson said, because it is hard to see far into the future.
"We felt the three year term made sense," Adamson said.
The village of Clinton had already approved the agreement.
In other business Oct. 3, council:
- Approved to enter into an agreement with PHCS/Multiplan Network as physician/practitioner only network for New Franklin’s self-insurance plan. Adamson said this is one of the components that was forgotten with the other legislation already passed. He said it doesn’t add or change any of the items already put together.
- Approved to accept the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant under fiscal year 2017. Adamson said the city didn’t get the grant last year. The total cost of the grant is $147,000 with the city’s share being $7,000. The money will be used to purchase several items for the Fire Department including hoses and mechanical CPR devices. Councilman Jim Cotts said he is happy to see the hoses being replaced as some are 20 years old.
- Heard from Adamson that Trick or Treat will take place 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 27. He also said statewide sewage rules went into effect this year and residents will be receiving notices about being required to have an operation permit, which costs between $20 and $30. Also the septic systems will be inspected and those inspection reports will be sent to the county.
- Heard from Adamson also about the cost of road salt going up. He said the city usually purchases about 4,000 tons at $55 per-ton. He said the city usually gets their salt through Cargill, which recently said one of its mines got flooded and it will likely have a limited amount. The price of salt this year could be as high as $105 per-ton. He said the city is going to be more creative with salt and maybe look into mixing it with brine.
The next New Franklin Council meeting is set to begin immediately following the committee meetings, which are scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at New Franklin City Hall.