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Edgewood Adds Paramedic Position, Moves Forward on Park Project

Edgewood City Council created a full-time paramedic position for the Fire Department on Monday night. Assistant Fire Chief Tom Dickman explained that there is a shortage of paramedics in the area.

"This is a job description that gives us a little bit of flexibility," he said.

City Administrator Brian Dehner said that because it had not been approved in the budget, he would have to change a few things to put in the salary range and such, and until he changed it in the budget, the position won't be able to be filled.

Park pavilion project moves forward

Dehner brought up the contract with Ashley Construction to build the new pavilion-type building in Presidents Park. Dehner said that the contract contains no monetary promises, except that the job cannot exceed $400,000. He also explained that the company will submit monthly budgets or redesigns, and the city will be able to maintain a certain amount of control over the spending. The project is due to begin some time in late June or early July and the building may be done by November 1.

The trails in Presidents Park have been worked on, and because of the dense brush, workers took out the honeysuckle and the dead wood, which made the trails much wider and more walkable. Wood chips were spread along the trails to counteract the mud. Dehner also said that blacktop had been laid throughout the park, and the parking spaces were striped.

Mayor to appear on TBNK show

Mayor John Link reported that he and Taylor Mill Mayor Dan Bell would be recording a City Talk episode for TBNK on Thursday where they will talk about the 911 system, and all the things that are going on behind the scenes. He explained that now that the contract has been awarded to Motorola, that company has apparently come down millions in their costs because it is trying to get the business of the entire state. Grants have been filed to cut down on the cities' costs, but no one knows what the savings will be. Edgewood's estimated cost is $240,000. The show will air on local government channels.

Other notes:

The citywide yard sale will be May 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Freedom Park, and spaces are still available. The Memorial Day celebration will be May 29 at Freedom Park, rain or shine.  The city will host a shred event on June 3 from 9 a.m. till noon at Freedom Park.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor