The Council of the City of Cortland met in regular session on Monday, August 15, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. with Council President Stocz presiding.Members of Council present were, Dennis Linville, Kevin Piros, Diana Sweeney, Terry Tackett and Jim Woofter.Absent was Deidre Petrosky.Also at the meeting were Mayor Moll, Law Director Wilson, Finance Director Moyer and Fire Chief Novakovich.

 

A motion to approve council minutes from the August 1, 2011 meeting was made by Councilman Woofter and seconded by Councilman Tackett.ROLL CALL -Woofter, aye; Linville, aye; Petrosky, absent; Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye.MOTION PASSED

 

A motion to approve the schedule of bills to be paid totaling $ 44,684.09 was made by Councilman Piros and seconded by Councilman Linville.ROLL CALL -Petrosky, absent; Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye.MOTION PASSED

 

RESOLUTION R-29-11-a resolution authorizing the Clerk of Council of the City of Cortland to advertise for bids for the Heritage Heights Storm Sewer Improvement Project was read and moved by Councilman Woofter and seconded by Councilman Tackett.ROLL CALL -Linville, aye; Petrosky, absent; Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye.RESOLUTION PASSED

 

MAYORíS REPORT

MAYOR -I want to remind everyone and invite everyone to the picnic this Sunday, August 28th at 2:00 p.m. at Bazetta Imagination Station Park.They have asked us to join in as much as we can. They are looking for volunteers if anyone would like to help with stuff.Different jobs like, giving directions, information, serving food, driving golf carts, etc.We did make a contribution to them for this picnic.I think they are planning food for 1400.I encourage you to go, I will be there.

 

COUNCILMAN LINVILLE -I just hope you donít go on the 28th because you will be there by yourself.

 

MAYOR -That is what the letter said.It is the 21st.Thank you, I just read what the note said.I hope to see you all there.

I received a letter from James Wilkens and there will be a ground breaking ceremony on Lakeview Drive on Wed. Sept. 7 at around 1:00 p.m.

We did have our website training last week and it went fairly well.It was short but I ambeginning to play around with it.

 

COUNCILMAN PIROS -Did they set you up as a user?

 

MAYOR -Yes, they set me up and I set one up for Donna Lyden.If you would like to go on there is a manual of about 120 pages and an ID.

 

COUNCILMAN LINVILLE -Who is going to maintain it?

 

MAYOR -I have a lady who has been doing the Historical Society page and Cortland Pictures page and she is going to help us on a contract basis.Right now cboss is going to convert content over but once that is done we will be adding to the site.

 

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COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -When will it be usable to the public?

 

MAYOR -I am thinking we can probably turn it on the 1st or 2nd week in Sept.Wedonít have to turn everything on at once.We can if the police want to maintain theirs and the fire want to maintain theirs, they can do that themselves.There is a lot more flexibility.

 

FINANCE DIRECTORíS REPORT -††Besides yourmonthly report the only thing I have to report this evening is we did receive our tax advance that we did pass a meeting for so ago.We received $515,000 last Thursday and it is in the city bank account from the 2nd†† half property taxes.

 

MAYOR -One other thing, I was the guinea pig for the for the auto water payment plan.It got deducted from mychecking and paid my water bill.So we are making progress there.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -Is that going to be an auto?

 

FINANCE DIRECTOR -It is an auto pay and we have had some response to the notification that went out.Maybe like 6 people have turned them in.I think once we get it up and running and get the word out there we will have more.It was printed on the last water bill that the forms were available here at city hall.We will eventually get that form on the website as well.For right now we can either mail them out to a customer or the customer can come in and pick one up.

 

MAYOR -We put them on this water bill larger.She increased the size of the print.

 

FINANCE DIRECTOR -Yes I had the softwarepeople and fix it so it was in bold print and it appeared larger.The first two printings that we did, I donít think people were noticing them.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER - ††How about a psa to the local newspaper?

 

FINANCE DIRECTOR -Certainly.

 

MAYOR -They will go out as the water bills go out so it will be a reminder.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER - Sept. 3rd is the next issue so about 10 days before that and we probably will be able to get a paragraph in about it.í

 

FINANCE DIRECTOR Ė We did want to make sure before we got too much word out there that it was going to work and function correctly and it did work.

 

POLICE CHIEFíS REPORT

OFFICER ANDREWS -Outside of what was in your monthly council report, I have nothing.I will take any questions you have.

 

FIRE CHIEFíS REPORT

 

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FIRE CHIEF I submitted your monthly report and I am sure it was in your packet, the clerk assured me of that.I will field any questions that you may have.We did get outLife Pac 15ís in the units and are functional.

 

FINANCE DIRECTOR -We did receive the grant money as well.

 

NO SERVICE DIRECTORíS REPORT

 

MAYOR -He is on vacation and will be back tomorrow.If you have any questions call him tomorrow.

 

COUNCILMAN PIROS Ė Do you know where they are on the crack sealing?

 

MAYOR -They have done a lot.I donít know where they are right now.

 

COUNCILMAN PIROS -Or the hot patch?

 

MAYOR -The patching is not been done yet.The hot sealant we picked up a couple of weeks ago and thesummer help is working on this.

 

COUNCILWOMAN SWEENEY -Did they have a water main break on Heather Lane on Sat. night?

There was something that happened because there were a bunch of us that didnít have water.I just wondered ifyou knew anything about it?Not the conversion or anything like that.

 

MAYOR -No, I donít.It could have contributed to it.We have had a number of water breaks mostly because of thin pipes that have corrugated over the years.

 

COUNCILWOMAN SWEENEY- So if I call Don in the morning.

 

MAYOR -He will be able to answer it.

 

COUNCILMAN LINVILLE - One comment and I talked to the Chief about this prior to the meeting.There is an inquiry about the chest compressor machine that Johnston has and there is a big article in the newspaper about it.I was asking the Chief if we had one and if not, why?You can ask him to repeat what he told me but he said it just replaces the paramedic.He said it does the same thing they do.Bill you go ahead and tell them what you told me.

 

FIRE CHIEF -It is a mechanical device that will do the compressions in place of a person doing the compressions.It is a nice piece of equipment.To say that it does anything any better than an individual doing it, Icanít say that.It obviously aided in saving that individuals life along with the early recognition of the issues, his wife starting CPR immediately.Everything fell into place for that individual.I canít sit here and say that had it been somebody that was doing CPR that it wouldnít have led to a positive outcome.

 

 

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COUNCILMAN SWEENEY -So you are not saying that we necessarily as a community would be better served if we had one.

 

FIRE CHIEF -No is the short answer to that.Teaching the community CPR would be a better thing.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER Ė Bill have we ever offered a CPR class at the fire station?

 

FIRE CHIEF -Yes we have.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -It has been quite a while though.

 

FIRE CHIEF -Not necessarily.We constantly have refreshers going on.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -I mean for the general public.

 

FIRE CHIEF -We havenít recently offered one just to the general public, but we have classes that the general public could sign up for as well.

 

JERRY CARLETON-This mechanical device then does not get tired and miss as someone who would be on your chest like after 15 or 20 minutes.

 

FIRE CHIEF -I understand what you are saying and yes that is correct.It is a mechanical device that does not get tired but it is also a mechanical device that does not stop compressing even if it gets misplaced.Do you understand what I mean?You are in the back of a moving vehicle and we have all driven on the roads in Cortland and in Warren and as you are moving on the road even in the back of the vehicle we may get moved around a little bit and in doing so we reposition ourselves before we compress again.If that device shifts at all it doesnít stop compressions to reposition itself.Now you can have it compressing slightly off center which in turn could cause issues.There are pros and cons both with an individual doing it or a mechanical device doing it.It is a very nice device and it obviously played a part in serving a purpose there.When you look at the amount of cardiac arrests that occur, we help eliminate that physical fatigue by constant change as American Heart Association recommends on the personnel who is doing it.

 

JERRY CARLETON -We had one the resulted in death.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -Yes but he Ö

 

JERRY CARLETON -You are not a doctor, so you donít make that decision.He was DOA at the hospital so he was not DOA until he got to the hospital.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -Ok so we didnít do anything for him?Is that what you are saying?

 

JERRY CARLETON -††No I didnít say that.All I am saying is if that is the case then why would Johnston have two of these?

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COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -They must have a lot of money and not personnel.What is their personnel like at Johnston?Do they have as many people as we do on duty at given one time?

 

FIRE CHIEF -No they do not but I am missing your statement.Do you feel that there was an incident in the City of Cortland that an individual could have been better served by having that vs. our personnel?I am just trying to clarify what I heard.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -That is kind of what I heard.

 

JERRY CARLETON -No I am just questioning over the time period if in fact you had someone on a person for 20 minutes would a mechanical device offer more efficiency than a person who is on, if you have not done CPR for that long of a time there is a problem with that as far as fatigue is concerned.

 

FIRE CHIEF -I appreciate what you are saying as far as the fatigue.Do I feel that person is alive today solely because of that machine?†† No.I think rather that machine was placed on him or not that person would be alive today because of the early recognition , the early CPR, the early defibrillation, the early drug therapy.I think it was an asset tohim in that given case but no different than if somebody personally administeredCPR.

 

COUNCILMAN PIROS -I like the idea of having those classes open to the public because you have time before the EMT gets there and that makes a big difference.

 

FIRE CHIEF Ė That is a key role that the Heart Association recognizes as well.††† That is why in our schools and such we have the automatic defibrillators because of the early defibrillation which is a key role in saving lives.Now, I want to finishby saying in some given scenarios no matter how much is done right, we are not going to save the individual.Depending on what caused them to go into cardiac arrestif it was a major myocardial infarction, how much damage was done to the heart muscle.If it happened right here in front of us and if there is a large amount of heart muscle damage, nothing we do no matter how appropriate or correct it is, it may not helpthat individual.

 

JERRY CARLETON -I didnít insinuate that at all.My question is, is thatdevice which was paid for by a grant from the federal govt., is this device worthy as being part of your equipment?Maybe we need to look at that.

 

FIRE CHIEF Ė That is a very fair statement and as mentioned earlier in my report I do want you to know that we with our federal grants and we picked up $77,900 for the year and we went with the Life Pac 15 cardiac monitors.These will not compress for us but they will pace your heart, monitor your oxygen saturations, doEKGís, we can transmit to the hospital with it.It will do all of those things but it will not compress for us.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -Bill, you say it will pace your heart.What do you mean by that?Does it act like a pacemaker?

 

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FIRE CHIEF -Yes.A real quick cardiology class.If we have someone who has a Brady cardiac heart rhythm and lets say it is like a third degree heart block where the atriums not beating in correlation with the ventricles we can hook up the external pacer and with the electrical impulse get to where it gets a rhythm pacing back again.Or if it is just a Brady cardiac slow rhythm we can bring itback up to a rate by giving the electrical impulse for it to pickup and cause the heart to contract.This will buy time to get a permanent pacemaker inserted.

 

Next council will be on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

 

PRESIDENT STOCZ -Is there anyone in the audience who would like to address council?

 

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Councilman Linville and seconded by Councilman Woofter.ROLL CALL -Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye; Petrosky, absent.MOTION PASSED

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

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