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February 11, 2013

Fountain hears of EMS costs

Most of money came in grants

COVINGTON, Ind. — More than half of the cost of the new Fountain County Emergency Medical Services building east of U.S. Route 41 came from a grant, donations and the sale of the former Med Shed.

Richard Klage, president of the Fountain County Council, updated councilmen Monday on the status of the new building.

“We have paid for the building through gifts and the Cumulative Capital Development Fund,” Klage said.

The county received a state grant for $500,000. Donations from individuals and organizations through the community foundation was $69,625. The old Med Shed in Veedersburg was sold for $91,000. Expenditures totaled $1,246,236.85. This included $7,148.75 to Deckard Engineering and Surveying of Crawfordsville; $1,142,506 to B.D. Crain, general contractor, of Covington; $68,582.10 to Holder Design, architects, of Terre Haute; and $28,000 to Anita Carpenter, grant writer, of Crawfordsville, Ind.

In other business, councilmen approved an additional $5,000 for the chief probation officer since she supervises another probation officer and $7,124 for radio updates for the Emergency Medical Services building and ambulances.

Fountain County ended 2012 in good shape, Klage told councilmen Monday.

“We had a $105,000 surplus,” he said. Fountain County had receipts of $5.9 million in the general fund and spent $5.8 million.

“I hope 2013 turns out as well,” he said.

In county business, councilmen:

  • Heard from Garth Kagels, ambulance director, that a walk-through of the new ambulance building was conducted last week, and a few minor items are being addressed. Personnel for the grant the county received will conduct their walk-through soon and finalize paperwork.
  • Heard the six persons from the Emergency Medical Services have completed their coursework to become paramedics. Graduation will be at 7 p.m. EST Friday at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds. Those who completed the course will take the test in the near future to be certified.
  • Rejected a request to increase the hourly salary of the special projects assistant in the extension office from $10.49 to $11.09 per hour since no courthouse employees received raises for 2013. The assistant will be allowed to work additional hours this year since the $11,000 cap was raised to $12,000 for the year.
  • Learned from Colleen Chambers, treasurer, that the county will need a new depository of funds since MainSource Bank is closing its Covington branch on April 1. The county only switched their funds to MainSource in October.
  • Appointed Jim Robinson to a four-year term on the Covington-Veedersburg Library Board, Robert “Bob” Baldwin to the Alcohol and beverage Commission, Dale Clawson to the Fountain County Solid Waste Management Board and Joe Whittington to the Emergency Management advisory council.
  • Re-elected Klage and Jim Hersberger as president and vice president, respectively, to the council.

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