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B) We also try to control the inside environment of the ambulance for the comfort of our patients. During periods where outside temperatures are such that the interior of the ambulance can cool down or heat up rapidly, we try to avoid creating a situation where our patients may be exposed to these same variations. In cases of traumatic injury, we must thoroughly examine our patients and frequently remove much of their clothing. After examination and treatment, the patient must be immobilized and prepared for transport.Keeping a patient warm is a fundamental part of the treatment protocol for trauma victims and failure to control the environmental temperatures can have negative consequences for patient outcomes. For obvious reasons, we would not want to place an 85 year old grandmother with a spinal injury on an aluminum stretcher and plastic backboard that is at anything less than 60 degrees.Imagine yourself in this situation and I think you will quickly understand.
C) The ambulances have a large amount of electronic devices and technology systems that run off of the 12 volt DC power system. Many of these devices and systems (including computers) continue to run and consume power even if the ambulance is shut down. When the engine idles, it is also keeping the electrical system charged and all of the on-board systems ready for action. If these items are left operating for longer periods of time without the engine running, we risk depleting the 12 volt batteries and not having sufficient reserve capacity to actually start the engine when needed. This is the same reason why the ambulances are connected to a 120 volt AC powered charging system as soon as they return to the station and are parked in the apparatus bay.
D) Believe it or not, but while idling, the diesel engines in our ambulances use very little fuel. We certainly are aware of your concerns and we try to avoid waste in all of our daily operations. However, for the reasons stated above, we feel that idling is a necessary practice in certain situations.
When approaching law enforcement and other emergency vehicles, tow trucks, road machinery or highway construction or maintenance vehicles (that are stopped on or near a highway and are using flashing emergency lights), you must move into a lane not nearest the stopped vehicle and travel in that lane until you have gone by the stopped vehicle(s). If it is unsafe to move into another lane, slow down until you have passed the stopped vehicle(s).
White Dot: Sections have been marked to draw your attention to defects in the section; repairs on these sections can be made by the property owner.
White Line: These sections that have been marked are either heaved or subsided, Saw Cutting or Mud Jacking repairs are required. These repairs must be made by a qualified person, firm or corporation.
Pink Dot: These sections have been scheduled for replacement. These repairs must be made by a qualified person, firm or corporation.
In some cases sidewalk sections adjacent to a curb ramp are marked for replacement so that the slope of the curb ramp can be reduced to meet standards of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). The cost of these sections are covered by the City.
Shortly before the contractor is to begin concrete removal you will see new markings on the sidewalk. These new markings will be pink arrows showing the contractor where to make cuts and what sections need to be removed.
The property owners are assessed the full costs of the rehabilitation and replacement of Public Sidewalk along the frontage of their property and, a 25 % credit is given for work along a side yard frontage. (1-8-1996)
The City will pay 100% costs for the maintenance of Inter-Block sidewalks. (7-8-2002)
The City will pay for 50% of the costs for the REPLACEMENT of sidewalk sections when damaged is determined to have been caused by roots from city trees. (9-5-2017)
Curb and gutter rehabilitation or replacements are currently the responsibility of the City.
The City will pay 100% of the costs associated with curb ramps, when required by ADA Guidelines. This will also include up to 15 feet of sidewalk that might need to be adjusted to make the slopes comply with standards.
If a driveway apron is determined to be a safety hazard to the general public, and if it is currently surfaced with concrete or asphalt, the City will assess property owners half the costs to replace driveway aprons. Any new driveway aprons will be constructed of concrete per City standards. If driveway aprons are not currently paved, the full cost of the new concrete apron will be assessed to the property owner.
These obstructions are not limited to just removing snow and ice during the winter months. It will include issues like parked vehicles, signs, leaves, grass, flowers, plants and shrubs that are overhanging the sidewalk. In addition, limbs from trees located on private property must be pruned to a minimum 10-foot clearance above the sidewalk.
The City of Middleton will prune and maintain the terrace trees (between the curb and the sidewalk)- Please contact Public Lands at 608-821-8360, to inform the City Forester, Mark Wegner of the terrace trees that are in need of pruning.
Mud Jacking sections between June and early July.
Saw Cut sections between June and early July.
Removal and replacement of sections between Mid July and the start of the school year.
If you think the concrete work may conflict with something you have scheduled, please contact the project managers.
As the property owner, you have the option of causing the work to be performed by a qualified person, firm or corporation. Any work caused to be done by the property owner shall meet City standards, and the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The removal and replacement, Mud Jacking, and Saw Cutting of sidewalk sections will require a Street Opening Permit; this is a no cost permit for tracking projects. While the rehabilitation of the public sidewalks such as filling small cracks etc, can be conducted by the property owner and does not require a Street Opening Permit.