PROCLAMATTION: Emergency Medical Services week is being celebrated May 19 through 25. Waverly Mayor Mike Werner not only recognized the special week during last week’s meeting of the mayor and city council, he also issued a special proclamation for it.  Werner then presented the proclamation to Waverly Fire Chief Rodger Alley. (Staff Photo by Lisa Brichacek)

WAVERLY – Last week’s meeting of the Waverly City Council started off with an important gesture.

Mayor Mike Werner declared May 19 through 25 as Emergency Medical Services Week in Waverly. The proclamation for the nationally recognized week has much meaning locally as well.

“The amount of time you put in is amazing to me,” Werner told the members of the Waverly Fire and Rescue Department that attended the May 14 meeting.

The services that EMS provides is very much the “heart and soul” of the city, he added.

Werner also read a prepared proclamation and then gave that to Waverly Fire Chief Rodger Alley for display at the station.

The proclamation stated that EMS is a vital public service and that it was important to recognize the value and accomplishments of EMS providers. The proclamation acknowledged not only the hours EMS providers spend on actual emergencies, but also the countless hours spent training and enhancing lifesaving skills. The theme for year’s National EMS week is “EMS Strong: Stronger Together.”

There were a few other items of business on last week’s agenda too.

The council unanimously accepted the bid from Olsson in the amount of $36,769.00 for construction observation and inspection services for the Anderson North Park Sixth Addition.

The council had given the nod to the plat for the 39 lot development on the north side of town at its previous meeting.

The council also took care of some preparations for the city’s big celebration this summer. The parade route requested by the Waverly Chamber of Commerce for Waverlyest received approval, as did the temporary street closure, parking and noise variance alliance for the Waverlyfest Street Dance put on by the Waverly Community Foundation.

The council approved the annual contribution to the fireworks fund for Waverlyfest.

Werner said half of amount collected from fireworks vendor permit fees has been the standard contribution. The city kicked in $1,500 to the fireworks display this year.

In other business, the council approved an agreement with Watermark Investments, which related to a portion of paving assessments on still to be developed property.

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