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Bloomfield mayors dispute emergency calls

Sep 25, 2013 -- 5:18pm

In a Board of Aldermen meeting that lasted approximately five hours, current Bloomfield Mayor Donna Medlin and former Mayor Scott Staggs disputed a recent decision barring city employees from responding to emergency calls.  The dispute stemmed from a decision made during the Aug. 26th meeting of the board. A lengthy discussion was held regarding whether city employees could respond to medical assist calls during the work day.  Mayor Donna Medlin read a letter from the city's insurance company stating that there is no coverage for any city employee responding to calls that should be covered by the ambulance district. Former Mayor Scott Staggs, who is also a fireman, was on hand for the meeting and expressed his distaste for the new policy as well as the decision that Fire/Water/Street Superintendent Justin Bell should not be allowed to attend fire calls during the working day.  Medlin stated the goal is not to punish anyone, but to ensure the taxpayers are getting the full benefit of their money. She stated that because Bell works for the water department, federal standards say he cannot volunteer while on the city payroll.The board adjourned into executive session for approximately 90 minutes to discuss the situation. When the board returned, it passed a motion to hire a full-time employee for the water and sewer department. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Bloomfield Board of Aldermen is set for Oct. 14th.  

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