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Huge Crowd Debates Ambulance Staffing In Oglesby

Posted by wlpo on August 7, 2012

Many in the standing room only crowd at the Oglesby City Council meeting left disappointed.

The council voted 3 to 2 to put on file a new wage and salary ordinance for its ambulance service last night.  Mayor Don Finley and Commissioners Paul Danekas and Dom Rivara want to get six ambulance workers under a thousand hours a year so they can stop having to shell out a pension.  They also don’t think Ambulance Director Cathie Edens needs put in 100 hours a week.  So they’re proposing more hours to be spread around among the ambulance workers more efficiently.

Public Safety Commissioner Tom Porter argues the ambulance service is running efficiently and fears service will suffer if employee hours are cut.  Several ambulance employees say the people who would have their hours cut would probably have to look elsewhere for a job.

Finley and Danekas think the changes in ambulance worker hours and moving the director to a strict salary will save around 55 thousand dollars.

About 150 took in the heated meeting.

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