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Rescue Squad seeks amendment of grant to purchase ambulance

Published July 20. 2012 06:04PM

The Kidder Township supervisors held their July meeting on Thursday at the meeting room at Golden Oaks Village in White Haven. There were a number of important issues discussed during the meeting.

Under new business Chairman Larry Polanski addressed the Lake Harmony Rescue Squad and Ambulance Corps. Grant # C000048959. The rescue squad is asking for an amendment to the grant to use the $108,000 to purchase a new ambulance. The grant, which was obtained two years ago, was to assist the rescue squad mainly with the training and equipment needed to move the corps from "basic life support" to "enhanced life support".

The State had proposed a new curriculum which would have given advanced training to EMTs providing them with an increased ability to administer medications and use more advanced equipment in life threatening circumstances. The grant was to pay for the training and the new equipment. There were also funds in the grant for the purchase of a used ambulance. There is some question as to whether the amount allotted for the ambulance was $ 45,000 or $ 65,000.

Since the grant was received the State has decreased the level of training in the new curriculum. Much of the expensive equipment in the original proposal, such as heart monitors, is not going to be needed. The new level of training will not be as extensive as originally expected.

Charlotte Blackwell, President of the Lake Harmony Rescue Squad, explained the need for the amendment to the grant is due to the rapid deterioration of two of the existing ambulances. The squad has received one quote for a new ambulance - $136,000. Blackwell stated that by trading in two of the ambulances now in service the price will come in around the $ 108,000.

Polansky and fellow supervisor, Mary A. Farnschlader, both expressed their concerns that once the grant money is gone the rescue squad will come to the township requesting additional funds for the enhanced training. Farnschlader acknowledged that the need for both the new ambulance and the enhanced training exists.

Also on the agenda was the adoption of Resolution 2012-004. The state legislature has introduced a bill which will add ten new Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zones (KOEZ). Under the Keystone Opportunity Improvement Act of 1998, political subdivisions may apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for designation as a KOEZ. These zones are used to temp new businesses to move into and conduct business in these communities. The Act allows for the "granting of exemptions, deductions, abatements or credits from all local taxes identified in the Act;"

Resolution 2012-004 is being adopted in anticipation of the possibility of Kidder townships being awarded one of the new KOEZ designations. The resolution essentially states that the township will comply with the requirements for tax abatements required under the Act.

Barbara Franzosa, President of the Friends of the Penn-Kidder Library Center, addressed the board requesting that the township waive permit fees for certain upcoming fundraising events. The board agreed to waive fees for any non-profits, but reserved the right to charge fees if applicable, for any for profit entity participating in the proposed events.

Longtime residents of North Lake Drive in Lake Harmony expressed their concern that the newer large homes being built on the lake do not have sufficient parking areas. This creates problems, especially on busy weekends. The board agreed to step up police patrols in the area for the enforcement of parking regulations.

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