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Sheffer resigns as council president PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 05 December 2013 11:05
WESTON - Shad Kendall was chosen as the temporary president of Weston Village Council on Monday following the resignation of Mark Sheffer.
Sheffer was recently appointed as a representative for another entity and submitted his resignation effective Nov. 30. Kendall will serve until the organizational meeting in January, when the new president will be chosen.
Kathy Heyman, Weston EMS chief, announced the department's new ambulance is ready to be put in service. They are only awaiting some updates to the communication radio for the cab. If needed, it could be used immediately with personnel using their portable radios for communication.
She also gave a glowing review of the new "thumper." The newly acquired automatic compression machine was acquired through a grant.
"It's really a neat machine," she said of the device that eliminates the need for manual CPR chest compressions to keep a patient alive en route to a hospital. She informed council that the staff have been trained and they are ready to put the machine into service.
Her report noted the department had made nearly 300 runs to date in 2013.
"We have been really busy," she said.
The council also granted permission to seek a buyer for the older ambulance which is being taken out of service.
Council chambers was crowded for the meeting which featured a variety of other topics including a visit from Cindy Johnson of Otsego School District to talk about the district's anti-bullying campaign.
Brittany Hurst, representing the recreation board, requested and received permission to carry any unused funds from its 2013 budget forward to 2014. She also reported progress on getting the supplies which were funded by a grant for mats and mulch at two playgrounds in the village. The grant is saving the village more than $6,000 while improving the safety of the children who use the equipment.
One of the citizens brought her three children to the council meeting to express her gratitude to the village and the fire department for their response to a fire at her home in 2012.
Kirstina Roberts, fighting back her emotions, showed a framed picture of her family, which she will then present to the fire department at its Dec. 12 meeting.
"I just want to thank the entire community," Roberts said noting both the village and the fire department. "There are not enough words to say how grateful I am for what they did for my family."
In other news:
•    Joe Schroeder reviewed the village's liability and other insurance needs with the council. One of the matters unresolved was a discussion on the possible raising the liability limit per incident from $2 million to $3 million.
•    Council approved the installation of four new doors for the former bus garage at the site of the former elementary school in the village.
•    Mayor Jason Worthen noted they are still looking into the possibility of purchasing computer tablets for each member of council to reduce paperwork and clutter.

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