Amy Joe Vietor worked with Britton-Hecla stu- school under the direction of Marshall County dents during a “Stop The Bleed” class held at the Healthcare Trauma Coordinator Toni Mattson.

Local Training Helps B-H Students To Be Prepared

The only thing more tragic than a death…is a death that could have been prevented.

That’s the motivation behind training called “Stop The Bleed” that was recently conducted for Britton-Hecla students by Marshall County Healthcare Center Trauma Coordinator Toni Mattson.

“The Stop The Bleed training started about 2012 following the Sandy Hook School shooting,” said Mattson. “Studies were done to see why people died in the tragedy, could any of the deaths have been prevented, and what could you do to prepare. They found that a lot of lives could have been saved if bystanders had some basic skills on how to stop bleeding.”

Training includes information and hands-on practice on how to pack wounds and use tourniquets. “Stop Bleed” kits were also developed that include five vacuum-sealed bags containing gauze, trauma scissors, marker tourniquets, and gauze called Quick Clot. Three of those kits that look like small red duffel bags are located at the B-H Elementary, High School, and Middle School.

A grant paid for kits to be provided to each school in South Dakota, and the state’s trauma coordinators were asked to take the kits to schools and provide training on how to use them.

Mattson, with assistance from Marshall County Healthcare Center employees Susan Smith, Karole Chapin, Allison Tank, and Amy Jo Vietor, conducted that training for 120 students at Westwood and Sunset Colonies, and also for grades 8-12 at the Britton$38,950; Tank Excavating, $35,714; Gerry Person, $25,000; and Carlson Crushing & Excavating, $16,320. The low quote from Carlson Crushing & Excavating was accepted.

In other action several residents who are experiencing frozen water lines met with the council during the public comment portion of the meeting. Questions included which part of the lines the city is responsible for vs. property owner responsibilities. The city was also asked if it would consider giving a break on the monthly water bill for those without water service. Because the issue was not on the regular agenda no action could be taken, but the board will re-visit the issue at its next meeting.

Kelsi Heer and Casey Armour of the Britton Youth Baseball/Softball Program met with the board to ask about the possibility of installing a retractable indoor batting cage in the Event Center. The board gave its blessing as long as the equipment could be easily moved/stored to allow other activities in the facility.

The board met in executive session for 23 minutes to consider 2019 wages. Upon resuming regular session the council approved a three percent wage increase for city employees.

First reading of an ordinance governing special alcoholic beverage license allocation was approved that limited licensed businesses to 24 times per year. A special license for Northern Lights Inn was also approved for a concert on March 30.

Event Center Coordinator Laken Thayer told the board that basketball hoops would be installed in the building this week. The Kidder Alumni Association donated $13,000 for the baskets, and a quote of $1,350 from CDJ Electric, Plumbing & Heating was approved to install wiring. Davidson Plumbing, Heating & Electric had also submitted a quote of $1,731.99.

Other agenda items included approval of policy changes requested by the city’s insurance company; approval of an additional $900 for new playground equipment for the city parks (total of $20,284); rates for dumping septic waste at the city lagoons was changed to $1,000 annually or $50 per time, plus an additional $50 if snow removal is required for access; and a railroad lease agreement of $200 for five years was approved for access between properties at the sale barn development project.

The council also discussed its plans to add some walk-in storage on the second level of the Event Center for city records; it wrote off a $56 water bill for a deceased resident; approved travel for Finance Officer Marie Marlow to attend code enforcement training May 15-16; discussed the District 1 Municipal League meeting set for the Event Center on Tuesday; approved submitting the city’s annual report to the state; and approved paying $20 per hour for snow removal help.

City Maintenance Forman Justin Phillips informed the board that he had three applicants for one open position on the city crew. Interviews will be conducted soon. He also talked to the board about the purchase of a new truck, but that issue was tabled pending a review of city equipment needs for the next several years.

Next meeting of the board will be Monday, April 8.

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