The commissioners want a contract with Batesville EMS 10 to provide service in the county for $37,500 for the year, which will be paid in quarterly installments. “We’ve only seen about a 1 percent increase per year over the past 10 years, even though costs have increased more.”
Fire Chief Todd Schutte revealed, “Two squads have already signed, and Milan is still considering .... I don’t see them (commissioners) increasing the payment because their budgets are already in place.”
The mayor pointed out, “I think we’re going to have to have another meeting on this .... (the EMS financial problem) is a serious issue for the entire county.”
Members agreed do more research before signing the contract.
In other news, Mike Kruse, a Rotary Club of Batesville member, requested to use the downtown area Saturday, May 3, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. for a new festival the group is planning, Batesville Sawdust Days.
“We’re thinking about Batesville’s great history of wood crafting,” he noted. There will be “activities for the kids and families, and we’ll let vendors come and display their wood crafting projects and give some demonstrations. What I’m thinking is putting up a tent similar to what was set up for the holiday parade.”
Fledderman said, “I like the idea that you’re doing something that plays to our heritage.”
Member Gene Lambert agreed, “I like the idea a lot because we’re trying to build on the downtown and creating that opportunity for spending and visiting .... We should support it.”
The group gave a nod to let the organization use the downtown for the event.
Diane Raver can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.
City council action • Batesville City Council allotted $2,500 from Belterra riverboat revenue-sharing funds to offset advertising and other expenses for the Rotary Club of Batesville's Sawdust Days. • Members discussed a smoking ban for the city parks. The proposed ordinance would prohibit smoking in all shelters, playgrounds, areas in and around baseball fields and sports complexes, grandstands, restrooms and kitchens. Designated smoking areas would be clearly marked. If passed, the ordinance would be enforced by the police. Member Bob Narwold stressed, "I think we're getting carried away. I can see having a ban in the pavilion, but I can't see it happening in the ball parks .... I don't smoke. I don't like the smoke, but if someone's smoking and blowing it toward me, I have the sense to walk away." Member Beth Meyers noted, "I'm not a smoker, either ... but to start calling the police or dispatch, I don't think that's a good use of the officers." Members decided to discuss the smoking ban more next month and see if there was any response or opinions from the public. • Gene Lambert was chosen as council president. Meyers and Darrick Cox were appointed to the redevelopment and planning commissions and Luke Kaiser was appointed to the zoning commission.