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Paramedic Levy: 'Safety Issue,' Says Mayor

After recent levy failure, mayor says safety too important.

This is the first in a two-part series concerning Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka's State of the City address. Check back to find out City Hall proposals on what will be cut if the paramedic levy fails. 

Avon Lake voters might not have to vote for a paramedic levy in the future. 

Mayor Greg Zilka, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"city-of-avon-lake-city-government"} -->, in his State of the City address on Sept. 13, said he will be recommending to City Council that all funds for the paramedic/fire department come out of the General Fund, and the city not have to rely on a Paramedic Levy for partial financing the at the

AvonLaker1234 September 21, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Thank you for your informational post. Why can't the city look to form fire/EMS alliances or districts with neighboring communities? Seems like the potential economies-of-scale is being ignored to maintain the status quo. We need new business funding models and strong leadership to push through real ways to save.
Ronald Baker September 21, 2012 at 02:09 AM
The city did look into a regional approach to fire and ems service. The result was published on this website. The reason they chose not to proceed was it would cost more money than current expenses would mean instead of three ambulances we would have one. Bay village would be covered by our one ambulance during nights. So in summary it would cost more and give us less. Im one resident that is glad avon lake did look into it, and decide against it. When cities share services it generally works out good fornthe cities in the worst financial state. That is who generally pushes the idea
AvonLaker1234 September 21, 2012 at 02:12 AM
So we'll just need to wait till our finances crap-out too and then _____________? Shocking how all these ideas work elsewhere but never can work in Avon Lake or NE Ohio.
Ronald Baker September 21, 2012 at 02:25 AM
The good ideas work here. For example i believe the fire department just recently regionalized thier dispatch operations with the county. I saw in the avon lake press that the move will be like adding three people to the department with no additional personnel costs. It does make sense to regionalize with entities that have equal or more services than you do. But it makes horrible sense to share services with cities that have less service than you do. Did you ever hear of averages? If for example avon lake has three ambulances and we share services with a city that has one. Then we effectively have 2 ambulances for us. Im pretty sure the county has more money in its dispatch operation than avon lake, so in this case it works out good.
Concerned Avon laker October 05, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Dear avonlaker1234 (aka Noah Webster) Your talking nonsense! Why should we trust your judgement over he professional opinions of our fire chief or the officials that we elected to handle these things for us? What are your qualifications? How about you run for council or mayor then you can come up with these crazy ideas. In the meantime I will trust my elected officials until such time as I feel they are not looking out for my beat intwrests at which time I will vote them out. But since we have the greater city ever it won't be soon.

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