SYRACUSE — Turkey Creek Township Advisory Board Monday, Oct. 14, unanimously approved Trustee Julie Close’s proposed 2020 budget upon second reading.
All fund amounts were adopted without change from those advertised to the public.
The amounts for each fund were:
• General, $111,700
• Township assistance, $83,000
• Recreation, $15,500
• Rainy day, $20,000
• Fire protection territory, general, $1,894,899
• Fire protection territory, equipment replacement, $635,000
The budget totals $2,760,099.
The fire board approved Fire Chief Mickey Scott’s request for $11,925 for nine batteries and three multi-port chargers for the department’s automated chest compression devices used to treat cardiac patients on emergency runs.
The price includes a three-year extended warranty on the purchase.
In his September report, Scott noted:
• The department responded to 19 fire calls and 118 EMS calls, bringing the year’s total to 1,086 emergency responses.
• Department personnel completed 353.5 hours of fire and EMS training on topics including pharmacology, advanced and basic life support certification, diabetes signs and physiology, medical helicopter procedures, SCBA drills and vehicle and equipment inventory and operations.
• The department received a 2019 utility truck to replace the 2004 model, which was traded in.
• Four members of the truck committee met for a preconstruction meeting with the manufacturer in Urbana, Ohio, on the new fire engine ordered in July.
• Annual vacuum and pump performance and fire hose testing has been completed.
• The radio repeater tower backup generator was damaged by lightning Friday, Sept. 27. All generators have been serviced and repaired.
• The department’s 2008 ambulance was evaluated as needing an engine replacement. “Due to the fact that we intend to replace this ambulance and the expense amount is possibly more than the ambulance is worth, we chose to bring the ambulance back here and utilize it on a ‘have to’ basis only,” said Scott.
• The Wednesday, Oct. 30, American Heart Association CPR class has been filled. Members of the public are invited to reserve a spot in the next two- to three-hour class, to be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. Call (574) 457-4100 to sign up. The classes are free.
“If your company wants to have their employees CPR trained, please contact us so we can have some classes set up for everyone,” said Scott.
“We want to have as many people in our community as possible CPR trained. Bystander CPR administered prior to our arrival definitely improves the chance of having a successful resuscitation for a patient in cardiac arrest.”
Close reported the township disbursed poor relief in September in the following amounts:
• Rent, $2,218
• Utilities, $4,540.07
• Food, $1,456.07
The fire board will next meet at 6:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, in Syracuse Town Hall. The township advisory board will meet at 7 p.m.