Ambulance District finally takes delivery of new medic

(Posted March 26, 2024)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

It’s been a long time coming, but the Sterling Joint Ambulance District finally took delivery of their new medic earlier this month.

Joyce Phillips, Mount Sterling council’s representative at squad meetings, reported the news at the March 25 council meeting.

When the ambulance district originally ordered the vehicle, they were told to expect delivery in May 2022. One thing after the other pushed back the delivery date, the biggest one being delays on chassis manufacturing, said Chief Dave Taylor.

The new medic cost $222,000. It replaces a 2009 medic that has 191,000 miles on it. The old medic will be put up for sale on www.govdeals.com.

The ambulance district maintains a fleet of four medics. Two are staffed 24/7 at the Mount Sterling station. One is staffed Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Range Township. The fourth is rotated in to balance out the miles on the other vehicles and whenever one of the others is in the shop for repair or regular maintenance.

Youth League agreement

During the business portion of the March 25 village council meeting, council members approved their annual agreement with the Mount Sterling Eagles Youth League (MSEYL). The agreement sets the responsibilities of the league and the village when it comes to the league’s use of Mason Park, 16095 State Route 207. Among the league’s responsibilities is securing insurance and making sure all volunteers have background checks.

The league offers baseball and softball for youths in Mount Sterling and the surrounding areas. Kathi Carson serves as president. Other officers include: Sarah Lauren, vice president; Becky Brown, secretary; and Savannah Cox, treasurer. Nate Clifton serves as the equipment manage, and Jeff L. Martin handles field operations. Members at-large are Donald Carson, Felicia Dunston, Katie and Nathan Liff, and Michaela Weimer. The league welcomes anyone who would like to serve as a member at-large. Volunteers are needed to help with events throughout the year.

Practices for this season start April 1.

For details, visit “Mount Sterling Eagles Youth League” on Facebook.

More recreation opportunities and upcoming events

Phillips, who chairs council’s parks and recreation committee, said the group is looking into coordinating a variety of new recreation opportunities for residents of all ages. She said the committee hopes to collaborate with the Mount Sterling Community Center on some of those opportunities. Anyone who would like to volunteer to help make things happen is welcome to contact Courtney Bricker, the village’s fiscal officer, at cbricker@mtsterling.org.

Phillips noted that the village’s summer movie nights are scheduled for June 29, July 27, and Aug. 31.

Becky Martin, chair of council’s tree and beautification committee, reminded council and residents that the committee’s Arbor Day event for youths will take place on April 19 at 10 a.m. at Mason Park. Third-graders from Mount Sterling Elementary will help to mulch newly planted trees and learn about the importance of trees.

On April 20, the committee will host a tree and shrub giveaway from 10 a.m. to noon on the town hall lawn, 1 S. London St. Residents can choose up to five trees or shrubs.

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