The Town of Smithtown Town Board is expected to approve the acceptance of an Automated External Defibrillator from Kings Park Youth at
, citing liability issues, but it appears to have had a change of heart.
John McQuaid, a board member for KPY, said it appears that the town board is working hard to make the availability of an AED device at Memorial Park a reality.
“From my conversation with them, they still had a lot to work out. (Town Supervisor) Vecchio called and said they think they can solve the issue and he is going to make a motion to accept our request for AEDs for that park."
Town Councilman Ed Wehrheim said he believes the issue was a misunderstanding.
“We wanted to have the town attorney look at the liability issues before we did it,” said Wehrheim.
McQuaid, on the behalf of KPY, wrote the town a letter, explaining that the organization would pay for the life saving units at Memorial Park in Kings Park and would be willing to maintain them. The town, responded in a letter, denying the request, but did not offer an explanation, prompting McQuaid to appear at the last town board meeting.
Suggestions were made by both the town attorney and Wehrheim that KPY bring the devices back and forth to games. McQuaid said that the request for the organization, which has 65 teams and more than 1,000 kids, would be difficult.
Vecchio agreed to revisit the issue at the last board meeting.
According to Wehrheim, the parks presented a challenge because they are "outlying areas" and are generally not secure, unlike town hall where there is an AED device and the building is locked and has cameras. Public safety is in control of those devices and will be in control of park AEDs.
"Nobody is saying no, we just have a responsibility to do it properly," said Wehrheim and said town attorney John Zollo is in the final throes of working the policy out.
McQuaid said he would be at tonight's meeting.
"I am excited, it sounds like they have had a change of heart," he said.
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