Grant benefits Monroe e-squads

WOODSFIELD – The Beallsville and Antioch emergency squads each will receive a power cot load system to help in loading heavy individuals into their squad vehicles as a result of a $40,000 grant approved by the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

A letter concerning the grant was read Monday during the Monroe County commissioners’ meeting.

It will be necessary for a local matching amount of $13,333.36 to be provided.

Representatives of the two squads previously told commissioners that they have local funds available for that share.

Both squads and Dennis E. Apple of the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation were represented at a previous meeting of commissioners to discuss the proposed grant from Workers’ Compensation. At that time, they sought the assistance of the commissioners, who would have to be the grant applicant.

Also, at the previous meeting, a representative from the Stryker EMS Equipment Co. of Portage, Maine, attended the meeting and had a piece of the Power-Load system available for viewing outside the courthouse.

The grant is available for a Power-LOAD cot fastener system, which can attach to a squad vehicle to assist EMS members in loading heavy individuals.

This system “lifts and lowers the cot into and out of the ambulance, reducing spinal loads and the risk of cumulative trauma injuries. The Power-LOAD cot fastener system improves operator and patient safety by supporting the cot throughout the loading and unloading process, according to Stryker EMS Equipment Co.’s website.

In other matters Monday, Bill Long of the Monroe County Department of Job and Family Services reported Larry Heavner had retired from the Workforce Investment Board. Heavner had been serving as business representative.

As recommended by Long, commissioners appointed County Recorder Ann Block to fill the board vacancy.

Commissioners approved a motion to accept the bid of Parnell and Associates of Cambridge for paving Mill Street in Stafford. The company was one of two bidders for the project on which the engineer’s estimate was $49,800.

The bid from Parnell and Associates totaled $40,280.

Mary Jo Westfall, Extension office associate, had presented the bids last week for this work, which is a 2012 Community Development Block Grant project.

David Lucid, Greg Johnson and Andrea Smith, representing the Monroe County Care Center, presented a care center financial update for April and May.

Smith, center administrator, also talked to commissioners about several matters, adding that it is hoped the air conditioning will be taken care of soon. Air conditioning is planned for the hallway, dining room and kitchen at the center, and bids for this work have not been sought as yet.

The administrator also said eventually, there is the possibility that it might be necessary to do work on or to replace the elevator at the center.

Commissioners and the care center representatives were in executive session about personnel with no action in that regard taken after the session.

Monday’s meeting was interrupted so commissioners could attend a district solid waste management meeting in Caldwell. The commissioners’ meeting adjourned around 3 p.m.