EATON — According to Eaton Fire Division and EMS Chief Bryan Smith, the call volume for 2017 is “on-par” with past years. He gave an update on the year during the council meeting on Monday, Nov. 20.
He added, most of the emergency runs are going to the Kettering ER in Eaton. While the call volume is on-par the heroin overdose response is not. For January through October there have been 85 responses in 2017. In 2016 there was a total of 29 responses.
While that comparison is alarming, most of the responses happened in the spring. The numbers have calmed down to one for each month in September and October.
Smith added, other than handling day-to-day emergencies, the Fire and EMS Division do a lot of other tasks, including safety inspections on local businesses. They also help out with several events throughout the year.
In other business, council adopted an ordinance amending the city’s codified ordinance.
Next, council voted to authorize the Eaton City Manager to execute documents for the PY2017 Community Housing Improvement Program. This resolution is in regards to the partnership with Preble County, in participation with the CHIP Program.
The lead agency in this partnership is the city. The partnership has received funding in the total amount of $800,000 for the project. Without the partnership, the city would only be eligible for $350,000.
A resolution to authorize the city manager to purchase equipment for the Public Maintenance Division was also approved. This allows the division to replace a 2008 Bobcat 435 compact excavator with a new E50 T4 Bobcat compact excavator from Bobcat of Dayton, in the total net amount of $50,808.57.
The Eaton City Council will meet again on Monday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m., in council chambers at the Eaton City Building.
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