Gillespie/Benld Ambulance Service granted permit

Gillespie/Benld Ambulance Service granted permit

CARLINVILLE (June 21, 2018) – The Carlinville City Council Monday approved a motion to grant the Gillespie/Benld Ambulance Service a permit to give the Carlinville area extra support of medical care.

The Gillespie/Benld Ambulance Service will begin serving the Carlinville area around July 1, according to their EMS Director Josh Ross.

The service currently has five ambulances, with a sixth on the way, along with 18 paramedics, nine of which are full-time.

Dunn’s Ambulance Service currently also provides medical services to the community, but Ross said he was alarmed by how many times his organization has been paged to the area in recent years.

He said that the spike in volume began increasing in 2013. Thus far in 2018, the Gillespie/Benld Ambulance Service has responded to 57 transfer calls, 26 of which were 9-1-1 calls in the Carlinville area.

“We’ve been dispatched many times to calls here in Carlinville where the patient or the patient’s family discovers that the ambulance is responding from Gillespie, and they opt to transfer the patient themselves to the hospital,” Ross said. “They didn’t want to wait for the extended response time from Gillespie.”

Ross said that they will house two life support ambulances at the Carlinville Fire Protection District at all times, with living quarters for the paramedics at a next door house. He said that should help ease the burden of not having additional medics available at a given time.

Gillespie/Benld Ambulance Service is celebrating its 30th year in business this year and is a 501 C-3 non-for-profit organization. Memberships are available as well.

In addition, Ross said his ambulance service is in the process of becoming of upping their level of care.

“We are in the process of upgrading our level of care to the critical care level,” Ross said. “We can take patients that right now that have to be transfered with a nurse and a respiratory therapist from the hospital or they get a $40,000 helicopter ride. This means we will be taking patients who are more acutely ill. We will be saving that patient a tremendous amount of financial burden from a helicopter ride.”

Ross added that the service is also teaming with Prairie Heart Cardiovascular, a division of St. John’s Hospital HSHS, which has written protocol giving pre-hospital providers to do an EKG on the field, diagnose a patient having a heart attack, confirm that diagnosis and transporting that patient directly to the cath lab.

“It will save precious, precious time – this is something completely new for our area,” Ross said. “Prairie Heart has chosen us to be our pilot agency to test out this new protocol and I am very proud of that.”

Alley improvements

Discussion on whether to improve an alley between Broad, Loveless, West and Blackburn Streets in Carlinville came to an end with a vote.

The council voted 4-2 with one abstaining to not make any additional changes to the alley, which is located where Mitchell Electric plans to move its facility.

A representative from Mitchell Electric did not attend the meeting to discuss why the alley would be needed. Councilman Kim Heigert recommended that the council vote to not allow any changes to the current property.

Residents surrounding the alley were contacted by Dan Held, project manager for Woodward and Curran.

Of the five homes involved, two of the residents were okay of the alley improvements, one was deceased and two others could not be reached.

The council will take the issue of alley improvements back to the public works committee next month, and Held plans to come up with a policy of how to handle such situations should someone ask to improve a vacated alley in the city.

Police Chief Salary

A proposed three percent increase to police chief David Haley’s salary was voted down by the council by a 4-3 vote.

Voting against the measure were Doug Downey, Heigert, Beth Toon and Randy Bilbruck, while Cindy Campbell, Sarah Oswald and Elaine Brockmeyer were for the favor. Absent from the meeting was Joe Direso.

The proposed salary increase would have upped Haley’s salary to $61,800 from $60,000. The public safety committee had voted to approve the rate after a favorable evaluation was given.

Haley’s salary was recently in the news because of paperwork miscommunication from a pay raise last year which wasn’t properly recorded, and an ordinance was needed to rectify that situation.

Mower Purchase

The council purchased a new riding mower out of the public lands funds.

A mower which belongs to the City of Carlinville Cemetery Board and Public Lands  since 2002 has about 2000 hours and estimated costs could be around $3850 to fix at the minimum.

Held got some quotes from Sievers Equipment Company and the existing mower had a trade-in value of $500.

An in-kind replacement or a step up mower were the two options.

While the step-up replacement costs around $900 more than the in-kind replacement, it would save more money for the city  because of the government bid price. The in-kind replacement had an normal retail bid of $8,999 and after the government bid price of $8,569 and the trade-in value, its cost would have been $8,069.

The step-up replacement retails at $12,799 and has a government bid price of $9,474. After the trade-in value of $500, the city will purchase the new mower at a cost of $8,974.

Bank RFP’s

The city months back had submitted a request for proposal from several financial institutions in town, as a comparison study on how each would be able to help the city.

Treasurer Jodi Reichmann said all banks responded and that auditor Angela Verticchio did a comparison study, not making any recommendations.

After discussion, Reichmann recommended the council approve UCB Bank in Carlinville as the city’s financial institution.

“We felt the whole package (of UCB) was a better fit,” Reichmann told the council.

Water bills will now only be accepted at UCB Bank, not the other institutions as it has been in the past.

Water bills may also be mailed in, paid at city hall or by utilizing a link on the UCB webpage which allows for water bill payments.

It was approved 7-0.

Deputy City Clerk pay

The council approved a two percent raise for deputy city clerk Julie Stults.

She had a favorable evaluation after her first year on the job was completed.

MJM Enterprise Zone Application

The council approved the application allowing MJM to move its headquarters on Shipman Road south of the Lewis and Clark building.

Approval to allow the MJM application into the city limits was needed and granted, as well as an ordinance amending the additional change to the property. Both were approved by a 7-0 vote.

MJM had purchased the nearby property with the intent of moving its operation to the south side of Carlinville.

Newwave Franchise Agreement

A first read of the Newwave Franchise Agreement was discussed by the council.

Due to ordinance changes made by the state’s General Assembly, the current agreement is being phased out due to changes in technology and other advances. New Wave was granted authority to offer cable television on May 17, according to city attorney Dan O’Brien.

Concrete contractor review

The council discussed the frustration of some of the prior work done for concrete work in the city, and Held said that repairs would be made with no cost to the city.

Held also recommending updating a policy for concrete contractor review.

Lake Lease Transfer

The council approved the transfer of lake property from Birdsell to Abbott on Briarwood Lane.

Police computer upgrades

The council approved the upgrade of computer software through Illini Techs was a approved, with money budgeted by the police department for the upgrades.

Woodard and Curran

Completing the first year of a five-year contract, Held said he has been pleased with the progress the city and Woodard and Curran have done.

The contract for the first year came in $71,526 under budget, of which the city can use toward the next payment or have a check given to them.

Other discussion

Prevailing Wage Ordinance second read, an ordinance rezoning property at 18804 Rout 4 second read and an ordnance annexing certain territory the city, second read, were discussed by the council.