Kokomo Perspective 03 06 2019 E Edition Page A1

Recently, an old de- bate concerning the 2009 decision to do away with Kokomo Fire De- partments ambulance services has resurfaced, with some local political candidates calling for a return of the practice. But is it needed? The local debate cen- ters on Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnights de- cision to remove KFDs basic life support (BLS) ambulance from service in May 2009. As a result, both St. Vincent Kokomo and Community How- ard Regional Health - which already handled advanced life support (ALS) ambulance calls prior to the change - shouldered the major- ity of local ambulance service calls, along with other volunteer depart- ments. Some have contended that ambulance response times have suffered and that no medic available calls have increased. Those involved with the services, however, main- tained that local ambu- lance services remain strong locally and that a return of KFDs ambu- lance would have little impact. The impetus on the citys part for making the change in 2009 was that of cost savings, with city icials estimating that the change allowed for about $1.3 million in an- nualized savings thanks to the cut. The savings came from costs associ- ated with maintaining the ambulances (the fire department operated two BLS ambulances, with one on call at a time), as well as corre- sponding personnel re- ductions within the fire Last week FCA US un- veiled plans to invest $4.5 billion in Detroit, adding production to facilities in Michigan to bolster production of Jeep- and Ram-branded products. Locally, that could mean more production among the Kokomo and Tipton plants, according to an industry analyst. FCAs announcement centers on billions of dol- lars being funneled into ive existing plants in Michigan while simulta- neously working toward a deal with the city of Detroit to build a new assembly plant. The in- vestments primary goal is to increase capacity to meet a growing demand for Jeep and Ram brands, including production of two new Jeep-branded white space products as well as electric mod- els. For Michigan, 6,500 new jobs are expected to be created. Whats potentially good for Ko- komo and Tipton is that local production facili- ties focus on producing transmissions for Jeep and Ram brands, and Michelle Krebs, a De- troit-based executive an- alyst for Autotrader and president of the Society of Automotive Analysts, said that local plants could experience an up- Within the last sever- al months, the juvenile court operated out of Howard Circuit Court has upped the ante, re- turning more back child support to families while also incurring sizable cost savings through federal funding program court icials recently elected to partake in. In August, the juvenile court began partaking in a federal program called Title IV D with help from the Howard County Prosecutor's ice. That program allocates fund- ing to states, which then disperse it to counties to set up and enforce child support orders as well as cases to establish paterni- ty. This additional fund- ing comes at a time when the court has increased its caseload, allowing support and paternity cases to be heard more often thanks to accepting such cases from the other area courts. Juvenile Referee Erik May explained that the Title IV D funding allows the court to recoup two- thirds of all salaries for employees in the court who work on a Title IV D related case. Such cas- es include child support and paternity establish- ment cases, which often coincide with divorce proceedings and related matters, such as parent- ing time. Coinciding with the courts move to partici- pate in the Title IV D pro- gram, the court has be- gun to pick up such cases from the countys other courts. 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