Plain Township's firefighters are getting a pay increase.

Plain Township's firefighters are getting a pay increase.

During an executive session, trustees approved a 3-percent pay increase for the fire department and a 25-cent-per-hour increase for medics, Plain Township trustee Bud Zappitelli said.

A resolution to give all township employees a 3-percent increase also was discussed Dec. 17, but township administrator J.B. Bowe was absent from the meeting so the decision was delayed.

"We'll do it after working with J.B.," Zappitelli said. "We'll wait till he gets back and discuss township employees with him."

In addition to annual resolutions on meeting times and dates, legal counsel, holidays, sick pay and the mileage reimbursement rate, trustees also passed a resolution on the increase of the New Albany Parks and Recreation board.

The resolution allows Bowe "to execute all necessary documents to amend the New Albany-Plain Local Joint Park District agreement to increase the number of trustees on the board from three to six, with each entity appointing two trustees," the resolution states.

Plain Township trustees and New Albany Village Council have appointed second representatives, but the New Albany-Plain Local school board has yet to agree with the increase.

Trustee Dave Ferguson said the resolution authorizes Bowe to work with the other entities involved with the park district.

"J.B. is authorized to work with (village administrator) Joe Stefanov, (school Superintendent) Steve Castle and the attorneys," he said.

In other township news, fire Chief John Hoovler told trustees the fire department recently received new equipment that should help the EMS crews to transmit information to area hospitals, thus lessening time spent in the emergency room for heart-attack victims.

"We received a grant or donation from OSU of $1,391.57 for modems for our LapPak12 that will send EKGs to the hospital," he said.

According to Hoovler, transmitting information before a patient arrives could put the patient on the fast track through the emergency room.

Although not all central Ohio hospitals currently have the technology, they likely will soon, Hoovler said.

"In the next two to three months, all the hospitals will be able to receive EKG" transmissions, he said.

Although the equipment was free, Hoovler said, the township will have to pay $15 per month for the service.

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