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  • Ambulance purchase remains tabled

  • The purchase of an ambulance for the Little Falls Fire Department remained tabled Tuesday, as the proposal was not brought to the floor of the Common Council for a vote.

    The council voted in October to table the vote on the purchase until the city could reach an agreement with the towns of Danube, Little Falls and Manheim on the department’s fire contracts.

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  • The purchase of an ambulance for the Little Falls Fire Department remained tabled Tuesday, as the proposal was not brought to the floor of the Common Council for a vote.
    The council voted in October to table the vote on the purchase until the city could reach an agreement with the towns of Danube, Little Falls and Manheim on the department’s fire contracts.
    “The contracts are still being negotiated with two of the towns, so until they are worked out the council cannot make a decision on the purchase of an ambulance,” Mayor Robert Peters said Tuesday.
    The city’s Police and Fire Board voted to recommend the purchase of the $144,097 ambulance to the Common Council in August. While Syracuse-based North Eastern Rescue Vehicles was the only dealership to submit a bid, fire Chief Rob Parese and assistant fire Chief William Dodge said they felt the bid was reasonable for a 2012 Chevrolet Type 1 ambulance with four-wheel drive.
    The Police and Fire Board in 2011 recommended the purchase of a $132,592 ambulance from North Eastern Rescue Vehicles, however, the Common Council voted to table action on the proposal.
    Since then, Parese said Ambulance 600 has been taken out of service due to issues with rust.
    If the new ambulance is purchased, he said Ambulance 601 would be used in a reserved role, while Ambulance 605 and the 2012 would be used as the department’s primary response ambulances.
    Tuesday evening, Peters reiterated the department’s need for an ambulance.
    “The question, however, is if the city can afford the purchase,” he said. “The city will not know the answer to that question until the fire contracts have been settled with the towns.”
    With the towns currently finalizing their fiscal year 2013 budgets, Peters said he expects the matter will be resolved in the coming weeks. “The contracts are part of their budget, so the city should know where it stands soon. Once a decision has been reached on the contracts, the city will be able to move forward and look at how it will be able to finance the purchase of a new ambulance,” he said.
    In other business Tuesday evening, William Gokey was appointed to the Little Falls Urban Renewal Agency Board of Directors and to the Little Falls Canal Harbor Commission.
    Robin Prinzhorn was appointed to the city’s Tourism Committee.
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