Audrain Ambulance District Administrator Kevin Cash informed the City of Laddonia on the district’s intention to erect a new ambulance substation at or around Scott’s Corner during the town’s Board of Aldermen meeting held last Thursday.
He said it would be staffed 24/7 and funds are available to construct and maintain the service throughout the year.
Cash noted that the district would need at least three acres and are asking the board to see if any of the farmers in the area of Scott’s Corner might be willing to sell some property.
“So if anyone wants to sell any of that, possibly donate a tax write off, we’d work with them and see what we can do there,” Cash said. “We would like to stay between Mexico and Scott’s Corner on this side of Route B, preferably, as close to Scott’s Corner as we can get.”
Cash also said the district still needs to talk to Community R-VI.
Currently, the Audrain Ambulance District runs about 150 calls to the area of Laddonia, Benton City, Rush Hill, and Martinsburg. It’s 150 medical calls out of about 2,500 for the district last year.
He said the total didn’t include responding to accidents in the Scott’s Corner and Basinger Corner areas.
“So it’s a small percentage but to get to here from our ambulance base is 19 miles,” he said.
Swearing in of City Treasurer
Nick Parris was sworn in as the new City Treasurer by City Attorney Tom Ellis during the board meeting.
He took the oath of office.
Though previously adopted, Alderman Monte Hanson motioned to “unadopt” the new liquor license and revert back to the old one.
The move was unanimously passed. It was noted that there are 16 different liquor licenses set up by the state, which led to the need for the change.
Brief discussion was held on a future Dayne’s Spring Clean-up Date but the matter was tabled for a later meeting.
Some discussion was held regarding the POET dirt pile.
It was noted that no candidates had filed as of the board meeting for the April election. Incumbent positions are held by Jack Folta and Jolene Matich.
It was noted for the need of department heads turning in budgets so the 2016 Budget can be approved sooner than later.
Some discussion was held about constructing a new basketball court on the northeast corner of City Park. Alderman Hanson said the court could be constructed where the kids already are at. Alderman Jack Folta suggested the possibility of using other land and not using up an area of an existing park.
He noted discussion during the town’s Centennial for constructing a community building hit a snag when the Senior Housing board brought up concerns they had at the time. No decisions were made as the item was on the agenda just for discussion.
A meter reader was approved for purchase.
Chris Miller noted during Patron Comments that he has a rooster running around next to his house and he informed the board during the last meeting. In the absence of Mayor Josh Deimeke, who was unable to attend the meeting, City Attorney Tom Ellis said he would take down the note and make sure Mayor Deimeke was aware of the ongoing situation.
The Treasurer’s Report, December meeting minutes, Collector’s Report, and bills/warrants were approved.
It was noted in the bills/warrants report that there was a new part-time officer, Shaun Shadwell, brought on to the staff to relieve Chief Shawn Puls. A Police Report was reviewed.
Aldermen went into Executive Session before adjourning for the night after a little more than 1 1/2 hours.