ATTICA Seneca County Commissioners Jeff Wagner and Holly Stacy, county administrator Stacy Wilson, Venice Township trustees Dennis Hiser and Greg Bordner and treasurer Lisa Hiser joined county EMS Director Ken Majors in thanking Attica EMTs for their service Thursday night during the village's council meeting.
Included in the recognition was Dennis Hanlon with 25 years served plus Barbara Charlton with 13 years. Both Jason Fox and Gina Smith have been with the squad for 11 years. Others were Bill Charlton, Andrew Biller, Natalie Lyons, Christopher Harben, Shane Vanderveen and Katie Ratliff.
This year marks the first recognition of county EMTs since they formed in 1978. Each received a certificate, a commemorative challenge coin and a stainless steel coffee mug.
Councilman Nate Frisch, having served as an EMT with several present, thanked them for all that they do. Stacy noted safety is a no. 1 priority in the county and thanked the families for their sacrifice.
Majors stated it takes the total commitment of the whole family. Attica's squad has ten members but the ideal number would be 25.
Charlton expressed appreciation of the community's support for their program.
Hanlon, who is a nurse at Mercy Willard Hospital, said if eight community members were interested in becoming EMTs, he could teach a class in Attica.
Police Chief Keith Turner thanked the community for supporting his department by passing the levy. He also thanked Sharpnack Ford for donating Halloween candy to the department and the Lions' Club for the use of their sign at election time.
Village Administrator Greg Martin reported changing the floats at the pump station and reinstalling the Honey Creek pump.
Fiscal Officer Pat Krebs stated a total of $716,851.58 was in all funds. She said the insurance review suggested an update to the police operating procedures. She distributed the 2014 appropriations to members for examination in preparation of the first reading at the next meeting. She said the village needed to update its five-year plan.
The meeting moved into executive session for discussion of personnel compensation.