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Buda to buy defibrillators

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 2:44 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 2:46 p.m. CDT

BUDA — Citing age and capability reasons, the Buda Village Board approved the purchase of two new automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for the village’s emergency rescue unit.

AEDs are used to help victims survive heart attacks. After Emergency Rescue Unit Director Julie Strader presented pricing options for new and refurbished units, the board chose to buy the new units. Village Mayor Jeff Bitting said he will ask the fire district whether they have funds to help pay for the new AEDs.

Bitting said the village’s current AEDs are incompatible with those of other rescue units in the county. The village’s AEDs are 7 years old. The mayor cited the village’s model has been discontinued, and defibrillator pads now available, which have to be replaced after every use, don’t work as well as the original pads.

The two AEDs, manufactured by Zoll, will cost $5,970. They have a five-year warranty. The mayor said one of the rescue unit’s existing AEDs can be placed in the village community center.

Village Police Chief Brent DeVenney reported the police department used $288 in fuel and issued only four warnings since the last report. DeVenney said he had spoken with the owner of a noisy semi-truck. The diesel rig has been the subject of noise complaints. DeVenney said the owner is OK with parking the rig in a different location and is open to suggestions. One possibility is to park the truck behind the Van-Packer Co. plant.

Village Superintendent Duane Roberts said he needs to order wear edges blades for the plow truck. The cutters are in the $500 price range. The new truck also needs a new sensor fuel tank to help activate the fuel tank heaters. The heaters enable the truck to operate in excessively cold temperatures. Roberts said he appreciates the new truck seats which are easier on the back than the old truck. Roberts said he hasn’t had time to get an errant “silent” check valve looked into at the water pumping plant. The price for a replacement valve would be between $600 and $700.

Jack Kusek of McClure Engineering told the board he received notification that a bridge under village jurisdiction is due for inspection by June 9. Kusek said he would have the inspection completed before the due date. The village would suffer fines if the inspection were not completed by the due date. Kusek said the water plant and well projects are moving forward, and activity on them will pick up in the coming months.

On another infrastructure note, the mayor added the village has the funds and is on track to repair roads as needed.

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