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Edgewood Creates Position to Boost Fire Department Roster

A new volunteer recruitment/retention coordinator position was formally created for the Edgewood Fire Department this week.

City council voted to amend its budget to show for the new position. The ordinance adds $153,000 to revenue and expenses, to show a cost-neutral position.

The position is the result of the fire department's receipt of a federal $812,000 SAFER grant, funds that are designated to boost staffing levels. 

The new position in Edgewood will be funded for four years.  

The grant creates ten scholarships at $10,000 each. Council also passed a municipal order which created the position so that the department can start looking for candidates to interview for the position.

Burlington Fire Department received a similar grant and after four years Edgewood Fire Chief Chris Amon said that that city applied for another grant to keep the position going. City Administrator Brian Dehner said that Edgewood would try to keep the position if it is effective.

Also on Monday night, Councilman Jeff Schreiver brought some of the 100 pictures that were taken when a group of people went to check out the graves at the Scott family cemetery. The group, with the help of Jeannine Kreinbrink, who represents K and B Cultural resources, were able to identify eight grave sites, but it is unknown whether the actual graves were moved or not. Flags mark the cemetery and the gravestones, and everything was left intact.

An update was given on the new building in Presidents Park, dubbed the White House. Construction is going on inside, and concrete work is continuing. Councilman Schreiver reminded council that the building is due to be finished by January and people are already calling to see when they can reserve it. A fee structure still needs to be established. Additionally, there is no established budget for furnishings in the building, another issue that will be need to be addressed.

Councilman Dale Henson, who sat in as mayor in the absence of John Link, announced that there will be a fossil hunt on Saturday, at 10 a.m. The Edgewood Fire/EMS Open House will be on October 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. He also said there will be a Kindness Rocks! event  on October 10, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Senior Center. Some of the events require preregistration.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor