|Council Approves Continued Funding for TMCS|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Wednesday, 21 November 2012 00:00|
Tipp City Council agreed Monday to continue city funding for Tipp Monroe Community Services and approved a two-year Emergency Medical Services (EMS) contract with Monroe Township.
Under the one-year agreement with Community Services, the city will pay $17,700 for the organization to provide recreational, educational and enrichment programs for youth and adults. The contact includes an added $1,000 to be used, as needed, for the Mobile Meals program.
Council voted 6-1 to approve the agreement.
Councilman Bryan Budding voted “no.” He said he didn’t think the city should be paying for such services “especially when we are going to be spending more than we are taking in.
Council President John Kessler said Community Services takes care of a lot of programs and services for the city. “I think it’s a well worthwhile thing for us to do,” he said.
The new EMS contract with Monroe Township includes a township payment of 26 percent of the cost of ambulances and capital equipment for the department. The percentage is based on the five-year average of calls of city EMS crews into the township.
The city bills township users of the EMS using a fee structure. Council heard a first reading Monday of an ordinance to increase fees because of higher costs for medical supplies, fuel and maintenance.
The proposed fee increases are as follows: Basic Life Support, from $590 to $625; Advanced Life Support 1, from $700 to $725; a new Advanced Life Support 2, $800; and mileage from $12 mile to $13.50. The fees last were increased in 2009.
Council also heard first readings of the proposed 2013 operating budget and appropriations for spending next year. The proposed budget overall totals more than $44 million with the general fund appropriations proposed at just over $6 million.
Council is scheduled to vote on the budget and appropriations at its next meeting, Dec. 3.
One ordinance was approved Monday by council. That measure allows the city to accept donation of 3.32 acres just south of Kyle Park from Five River Metro Parks. The land was acquired for a portion of the Great Miami River Bikeway.
The city will accept the donation and, in turn, grant Metro Parks an easement to the land for the bikeway.
In other business Monday, council was told that a planned work session discussion on council health insurance would not be held.
Kessler told fellow council members that he had heard from Councilman Joe Gibson that he would not pursue the proposed discussion of whether council health insurance still should be offered.
Gibson said following the meeting that he had called council members individually and found there was no support for changing the city offering health insurance to council members. Gibson said he might bring up the issue again in budget discussions next year.