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June 18, 2018

6/12/2018 7:29:00 AM
LdF increases ambulance volunteer pay
Meets with Tribal warden, approves road construction

Abbey McEnroe
Lakeland Times reporter

The Lac du Flambeau Town Board moved to increase ambulance volunteers' compensation pay and approved ambulance and fire volunteer apparel purchases at its Wednesday meeting.

Before beginning the discussion on ambulance volunteer pay, the board met with Elliot Rising Sun, an LdF Tribal Conservation warden, to discuss the tribal wardens enforcing town ordinances, specifically marine related.

According to the amended town boating ordinances, the town chairman is one of the only designees to enforce the ordinances.

"For a couple of years now we've got town ordinances relating to, primarily this time of year, boating ..." chairman Gaulke stated. "We have the ordinances on the book but really nobody except for myself to enforce them. So, I talked to Elliot and I asked him if the Tribal Natural Resources Department wardens may be interested in enforcing our ordinances for us."

In short, Rising Sun said they would be willing to work with the town board in enforcing the boating ordinances.

The town ordinances pertain to residents and non-residents of the town, not tribal members. The tribe has their own ordinances for tribal members within the bounds of the reservation.

The wardens would be enforcing both the town's and tribe's ordinances.

Before proceeding further, the town's attorney Greg Harrold and the tribal council need to be consulted regarding the type of partnership.

The item will be put on a future agenda to be discussed in more detail.

Ambulance volunteer compensation

At the Lac du Flambeau annual meeting this year, residents raised concerns regarding LdF's inability to gather an ambulance crew more often than not.

According to Greg Fulton, the communications director for the Vilas County Sheriff's Office, there were 132 ambulance dispatches to the LdF area from Jan. 1 to March 25.

Out of those 132 dispatches, LdF EMS personnel responded to 57 calls.

LdF ambulance personnel, without the aid of other ambulance services, responded to roughly 43 percent of calls they were dispatched to.

To combat that statistic, Gaulke suggested raising the $35 per daytime run to $45 and the $25 per evening run to $35.

If the run is extensive time-wise, the personnel move to a $20 per hour rate.

There are currently 14 ambulance volunteers.

Gaulke also said the volunteers suggested changing their pay from annually to biannually. Currently, the volunteers are payed once a year sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Supervisor Bob Hanson made a motion to raise the ambulance volunteer per run compensation pay and make the payments biannually.

The motion passed unanimously.

Morale boosting workwear

Gaulke proposed allowing the ambulance and fire volunteers the opportunity to choose apparel representing their departments.

Supervisor Chris Mayer recused himself from the discussion as he is on the fire department.

"More of a morale thing, you're able to wear something proudly that says, 'Lac du Flambeau Volunteer Fire Department,' 'Lac du Flambeau Volunteer EMS,'" Gaulke explained.

Hanson made a motion to allow the volunteers to choose some apparel options and come back to the board with an approximate cost.

Hanson and Gaulke voted in favor while Mayer abstained.

The board also

• Accepted a road construction bid from Pitlick and Wick for Florsheim Rd. The bid, at $186,714.25 for 1.38 miles, was the lowest offer. Gaulke removed himself from the room during this item as he is employed by Pitlick and Wick. The town has $200,000 budgeted for road construction this year.

Abbey McEnroe may be reached via email at amcenroe@lakelandtimes.com.

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