City Council approves 9 mutual aid agreements

Corryn Brock, Associate News Editor

The Charleston City Council approved nine mutual aid agreements along with four other resolutions during their Tuesday night meeting.

The agreements will be made individually between the City of Charleston and Charleston and the Clark County Ambulance Service, Dunn’s Ambulance Service, the Village of Greenup, the Kansas Fire Protection District, the City of Mattoon, the Mitchell-Jerden Ambulance Service, the Oakland Fire Protection District, the Shrader Ambulance Service and the Toledo Area Ambulance Service.

The agreements were made because “the necessity to cooperate and work together to provide for mutual aid and contingency assistance for ambulance services” was recognized.

Council Member Jeff Lahr said the agreement was beneficial to all parties involved.

“By definition it’s mutually beneficial,” Lahr said.

According to the resolution it is “in the best interest of the citizens of the City of Charleston that backup ambulance assistance is available to the City during times of disaster.”

In the intergovernmental agreements cities/agencies will send assistance “upon the determination that an emergency exists and subject to the availability of human and equipment resources” to the requesting city/agency.

Cities/agencies will request assistance from the other party when it has been concluded that the assistance is essential to protect life.

Mayor Brandon Combs’ reappointment of people to a commission and two boards were approved.

Doug McDermand was reappointed to a three-year term on the Fire and Police Board of Commissioners.

Dale McCullough and Ian Pendergast-White were reappointed to three-year terms on the Charleston Tree Commission.

Matthew Mittelstaedt, Michael Watts, and Dale Wolf were reappointed to three-year terms on the Tourism Advisory Board.

Combs said he is appreciative of the people who were reappointed during the meeting.

“They’re very important,” Combs said on the positions the men were reappointed to. “It means a lot to me that these individuals are willing to take the time out of their everyday busy schedules and lives to spend the time on these commissions to help things run more smoothly.”

Combs said the tree commission, that McCullough and Pendergast-White were reappointed to, has been popular in town.

“The tree commission has been huge, especially with all the trees being planted around the city and out by the lake,” Combs said.

The sale of surplus equipment from the Charleston Police Department that have been deemed obsolete or surplus was also approved at the meeting.

The items include two Jotto Desk partitions, two Jotto Desk radio consoles, two Jotto Desk armrest printer containers, two Whelen LFL Liberty 49-inch bars with traffic adviser and two sets of Jotto Desk rear window armor.

A resolution was approved that renewed the agreement with Bushue Human Resources, Inc. to continue to provide risk management and consulting services to allow for the effective and efficient provision of insurance.

The council approved abating the tax levied for 2018 to on debt service on $6,140,000 General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2011 A and  $950,000 General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2011 B.

No presentations, petitions, or communications were brought to the council.

Corryn Brock can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected]