The Board of Public Works and Safety approved a grant agreement between the City of Crawfordsville and the State of Indiana for the Community Paramedic Pilot Program.

Crawfordsville EMS Division Chief Paul Miller said the $157,970 grant will allow the Crawfordsville Fire Department the chance to get the state’s Community Paramedic Pilot Program off the ground. In Oct. 2015 the Montgomery County Community Foundation also gave the CFD grant money to purchase a vehicle for the program.

“It gives us the ability to expand on our program and our ability to train and deliver services to the community,” Miller said. “The state has identified our department as the one best fit to deliver a pilot program for the state.”  

The community paramedic program will help the CFD’s EMS team monitor recent heart patients to help prevent relapse and return to the hospital.

Montgomery County 4-H Horse and Pony Superintendent Shannon Kessler requested an exemption to a city ordinance regarding the use of toy guns for a Cowboy Mounted Shooting show during the 4-H Fair.

“It will be 30-35 riders that will come in and we think it will be a draw to the fair,” Kessler said.

Kessler described the guns that will be used to the board. He said the guns will use specially designed .45 blanks that emit smoke but no BBs or bullets. The blanks will be used to pop balloons. The board approved the exception to the ordinance for the Sunday of fair week and pending notification of neighbors surrounding the fairgrounds.

In other news

The board approved a contract with Banning Engineering for engineering services related to storm water projects.

The board approved a contract with Cooper Tarter for golf course winter maintenance that will begin next Monday and end in March.

The approved a contract with Kirtley, Taylor, Chadd, Sims, Minnette for legal counsel services. 

The board approved a $1,052 league adjustment for the property owner of 210 Whitlock Avenue.

The board tabled discussion of an agreement for recycling with W Enterprises until next week’s meeting.