Wauseon Exploring New Post-Trauma Assistance Program For Employees

Employees of the Fire Department, Police Department and EMS and their families will have access to help in times of need.

The Wauseon City Council heard from Councilor Jon Schamp from the EMS Executive Committee on having an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) established. This would be county wide for the firefighters, EMS and law enforcement.

It provides assistance after traumatic experiences.

The committee gave its support for the program and authorized the Fire Chief’s Association to get the cost and contract together for them to proceed.

Mayor Karen Huner said this is a good program and thanked the committee for considering it.

Jamie Giguere asked if that is something that could be for all employees. Fire Chief Rick Sluder said if there was situation it would be something they would be able to benefit from. It will also be accessible to family members.

The new computer system figures were presented to the committee. This request will be forwarded to the county commissioners for their consideration.

Sluder reported there are two annual dinners coming up. The first one is the Wauseon Fire Department Help Supper Jan. 30 and the second is the Fulton County Firemen’s dinner Feb. 21.

Police Chief Keith Torbet said the company the city gets its body cameras from gave it an evaluation form to fill out. The city will receive an additional free camera for so doing. It saved the city about $1,000.

Director of Public Service Dennis Richardson was contacted by a company that is interested in putting up a cell tower on city property behind Riley Tractor Parts. The unnamed company is proposing to locate the tower near the existing cell tower.

Richardson reviewed the terms of the lease presented to him with council. He said the city is initially interested and the company is now looking for clients who are interested in using the cell tower.

Director of Finance Jamie Giguere has distributed the year-end report. She is working on the GAAP report to turn into our GAAP accountant. We are working on a new format for the W-2 forms and they will be sent out soon.

Thomas A. McWatters, Director of Law, explained the legislation pertaining to the recommendations of the Revolving Loan Fund committee. There are three applications presented that are listed in the legislation.

The council declared an emergency and approved Resolution 2017-02 regarding three Revolving Loan Fund applications.

The applications for matching grants came from – Dave Hammontree, Julian Giovarelli and Stanley Darnell all of the 100 block of North Fulton.

The council approved Resolution 2017-03 –authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement for Indigent Defense Services in County Court with the Fulton County Commissioners; and declaring an emergency.

Kelly Rashley was appointed to a 5-year term on the Park Board from Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2021.

The council voted to accept the Violence Against Women Act grant and the Justice Assistance Grant. Chief Torbet was instrumental in securing the grants for the city.

James Pruitt may be reached at publisher@thevillagereporter.com

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