Athol Each day Information – CPC backs ambulance buy

Revealed: 7/18/2019 9:55:22 PM

Modified: 7/18/2019 9:55:12 PM

ATHOL – The Capital Program Committee voted Tuesday night time to assist Article 2 on the warrant for the upcoming particular city assembly, which seeks to spend some $315,000 from the city’s ambulance reserve for the acquisition of a brand new ambulance for the Fireplace Division.

“The one they need to substitute is from 2010,” stated committee member James Smith. “It’s a lightweight obligation Chevrolet product that they’ve had plenty of issues with. Fireplace Chief (Joseph Guarnera) has requested to interchange it with a heavy-duty ambulance, and the brand new stretcher system that comes with it. He desires to get onto a five-year rotation on ambulances.”

“I used to be trying on the income from the ambulances,” committee member Gino Tontodonato stated, “and it’s someplace within the $600,000 to $700,000 vary, per yr, in order that they’re being profitable. However they solely put about 10 % of that into the ambulance reserve. It’s income generator.”

The rest of the money generated by the city’s ambulance service goes into the final fund.

“The one downside is,” stated Smith, “he’s going to have a five-year-old car and a brand new car. That five-year-old car goes to have to get replaced throughout the subsequent 5 years. So, when the outdated car will get to eight or 9 years outdated it’s going to must be out. It’s going to must be. So, we is perhaps approached within the subsequent yr or two with one other hit. If he desires to get on a five-year cycle for ambulances, a few years down the street we’ll see the place are with the cash that is available in.”

Tontodonato floated the concept of accelerating the proportion of ambulance-generated income that goes to the ambulance reserve from 10 % to 15 %.

“Is that going to create an issue for the funds for this committee?” requested committee member Gary Deyo. “Should you improve what you’re depositing (within the ambulance reserve), that takes it out of the final fund. They’re trying on the normal fund to see the place they'll get some cash to finance this committee.”

City Supervisor Shaun Suhoski, who stopped in on the assembly, stated there could also be an article on the autumn city assembly warrant searching for to extend the quantity contributed to the ambulance reserve from generated revenues to 12 %.

Chairman Bob Muzzy requested Suhoski if there are lease agreements obtainable for ambulances.

“Not that I’m conscious of,” stated Suhoski. “I used to be simply on the telephone with Chief Guarnera, and he stated he wasn’t conscious of 1.”

Suhoski stated that the expenditure of $315,000 from the ambulance reserve would go away about $40,000 in that account.

On the conclusion of their dialogue, committee members voted unanimously to advocate the acquisition of the brand new ambulance.

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