Minutes, Special City Council Meeting, 18 April 2016



Monday, 18 April 2016, 6:00 P.M.

Carlisle City Hall Council Chamber

195 North First Street, Carlisle, Iowa

Elected Officials present were Mayor Ruth Randleman and Council Members Rob VanRyswyk, Dan McCulloch, and Eric Goodhue constituting a quorum. Drew Merrifield came at 6:10 pm and Doug Hammerand came at 6:30 pm. Also present were City Administrator Andy Lent, Fire Chief Cory Glover, Assistant Fire Chief Shane Ruppert, and Deputy Clerk Kay Black. Mayor Randleman called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.



Discussion regarding the EMT Staffing and possible Stipends for evening coverage. Council discussed possible staffing, either hire a Fire Chief as was budgeted or use the funds to pay for stipends for evening coverage and possibly having staffing 24 hours per day and 7 days a week. Chief Glover reviewed his proposal for trying to not have calls not covered by the EMTs. In the past four months there was a total of 14 missed calls. The proposal is to offer a $25 stipend to cover the 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM shift on Sunday through Thursday and $50 stipend for the 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM shift on Friday and Saturday. There would be two EMTs for each shift. He would also stagger the daytime shift personnel for one EMT to cover 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM and another EMT from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

The money for the stipend would come from the funds that were budgeted in FY 2017 for the fulltime fire chief. The plan was to hire Chief Glover at $50,000 for fulltime, but since he has taken a fulltime position with the Altoona Fire Department, it was fairly certain that the city would not be able to hire a fulltime chief for less than $60,000. With the missed shifts, there was a strong feeling that trying to fill the shifts would be better currently than to hire a fulltime chief.

Merrifield did not think that offering a stipend would entirely solve the problem of missing shifts as there would likely still be a shift or two that were missed. McCulloch expressed he would do about anything to have coverage at all times. Chief Spring relayed the stress his officers feel when waiting with the people in need for the EMTs that eventually come from another community.

Motion by Goodhue, second by Merrifield to table the decision on the stipend until the April 25th meeting. Hammerand reminded everyone that he was going to be absent at the April 25th meeting, but that he support the proposal. Motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

ADJOURNMENT: Motion by Goodhue, second by McCulloch to adjourn at 6:58 PM, carried unanimously on a roll call vote.


Ruth Randleman, Mayor



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Kay Black, Deputy Clerk