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  • Common Council approves purchase of new ambulance

  • The members of the Little Falls Common Council Tuesday evening voted 5 - 3 to approve the purchase of a new ambulance for the city’s fire department.

    The vote on the purchase had been tabled since October 2012, when the city was involved in contract negotiations with the towns of Danube, Little Falls and Manheim for fire protection.

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  • The members of the Little Falls Common Council Tuesday evening voted 5 - 3 to approve the purchase of a new ambulance for the city’s fire department.
    The vote on the purchase had been tabled since October 2012, when the city was involved in contract negotiations with the towns of Danube, Little Falls and Manheim for fire protection.
    Tuesday evening, Mayor Robert Peters said the city and fire department were able to secure a three-year contract with the town of Little Falls and a one-year contract with the town of Manheim as a result of the negotiations, while the town of Danube agreed to terms with another municipality.
    “It was always the council’s intent to bring the purchase to a vote after the contract negotiations were resolved, so after agreements were reached with two of three towns it was time to move forward with the purchase because the city does have a need for an ambulance,” said Peters.
    The city’s Police and Fire Board voted to recommend the purchase of an $144,097 ambulance from Syracuse-based North Eastern Rescue Vehicles to the Common Council in August 2012.
    A year prior, the board recommended the purchase of an $132,592 ambulance from North Eastern Rescue Vehicles to the council, however, action on the proposal was tabled due to fiscal restraints.
    Since that time, Little Falls Fire Chief Rob Parese said Ambulance 600 has been taken out of service.
    He added once the new ambulance is in service, Ambulance 601 will be used in a reserved role, while the new ambulance and Ambulance 605 will be used as the department’s primary response vehicles.
    “The intent of what we want to do with the ambulances has not changed since the purchase was recommended to the council,” Parese said Tuesday evening. “Ambulance 601 is a 2002 with almost 100,000 miles on it. It’s transmission has been replaced. It’s costing the city money to maintain. Purchasing a new ambulance will allow the department to keep its fleet current and reliable.”
    Second Ward Aldperson Betty Deming questioned the need for a third ambulance.
    “The fire department has two ambulances and I don’t see why it needs a third,” she said. “They should have taken care of the ambulance they had and not let it rust so it had to be taken out of service. The department does not run three ambulances, so it doesn’t need a third ambulance.”
    Deming and Alderpersons Jeffrey Gressler and Ronald Petrie cast votes against the purchase.
    “The decision to spend $144,097 of taxpayer money is a weighty issue and should not be made in haste,” said Gressler, who agreed the new ambulance is needed. “I would have liked to seen this matter tabled until February to give the council more time to fully review the purchase.”
    Page 2 of 2 - City Treasurer David Petkovsek said the city will not have to bond for the purchase, as it will lease the vehicle from the dealership. At the end of three years, he said the city will own the ambulance.

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