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I’ve heard that ambulance transport for emergencies in most of Clermont is delayed by a cutback in hours at Station 3 and relocation of Unit 361 from Clermont Station 2 to a county fire station near Lakeshore Drive. What are Clermont officials doing to restore timely service?
Here are responses from Clermont Fire Chief Bishop and City Manager Darren Gray. The ambulance service issue will be discussed at a special workshop at 6:30 PM on April 11. The workshop is open to the public.
FIRE CHIEF CARLE BISHOP: "There have been some challenges in the public-safety arena due to growth of the city in general and specifically to the fire department. We have notified Lake EMS for several years that we would be needing to relocate them due to additional personnel and vehicles being staffed at our current stations. In order to make room for these new people we could no longer house the ambulance service; therefore, they moved to another location. They had previously told us they were going to build or rent a facility close to the stations that they were currently working in, however that never took place. They will have slightly longer response times in some cases but at this time I don't think we should be alarmed. There are six ALS (advanced life support) fire units located in the city that have the same exact capability as the ambulance. They just can't transport people to the hospital. In the next month, the city will be holding a workshop with the City Council to talk about options that we might pursue to improve the ambulance situation.”
CITY MANAGER DARREN GRAY: "The safety and well-being of our residents is always of utmost concern. Chief Bishop has assured me that he does not think there is cause for alarm at the present time. However, I am scheduling a workshop on April 11 with the City Council to discuss this issue and see what we need to do to ensure our citizens' well being when ambulance service is needed. This meeting is open to the public to attend."
We want to extend in concrete our patio living area by around 10 to 15 ft. Would we need to pull a permit for small project like that?
According to our development services director, concrete additions do not require a building permit, however, they do require zoning approval. A site plan is needed to show the location, size, and setbacks on your lot. These zoning approvals are issued at our Development Services counter at City Hall, located at 685 West Montrose St. The fee is $45. If you have any further questions please feel free to call 352-241-7308.
What is the deal with the boat ramp?
The City Council voted on March 13 to withdraw the permit to build the ramp at Lake Hiawatha Preserve and requested the city manager bring back concepts at the April 10 council meeting for keeping the ramp at its current location or moving it to the former Bell Ceramics site. The city manager also has been meeting with members of the boating community so that they are involved in the process. The April 10 council meeting is open to the public.
I heard that Pig on the Pond is leaving or won't be back next year. Is that true?
We checked with the Pig on the Pond board, and they plan to continue their successful festival. We look forward to their return at Waterfront Park. It's a great event for a great cause.