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Wells ambulance purchase is on hold

Sunday, April 14, 2013 - Updated: 8:40 AM



WELLS - Wells Volunteer Ambulance Corps has things to work out before the town buys a new ambulance.

That is why the Wells Town Board recently rescinded several resolutions adopted in October with the intention of buying a new rig: one authorizing the issuance of serial bonds of up to $107,931; one a purchase agreement with North Eastern Rescue Vehicles in Syracuse for a Wheeled Coach Type III, Class 1 ambulance contingent on a contract under which WVAC would provide emergency ambulance service within the town; and one authorizing the town supervisor to sign the contract with WVAC.

The ambulance corps is still working with counsel to review the proposed contract offered by the town, and has indicated an agreement is not imminent.

One of the issues is a requirement that WVAC enter into a contract with a billing service that would seek reimbursement and payment by patients, insurance carriers and government agencies for ambulance and emergency medical services rendered.

WVAC member Roy Grisenthwaite said many misunderstand the concept of third party billing. Towers said he would try to come up with a way that clarifies it for members of the public.

In other business, an engineering study to evaluate the failure of the clay blanket at the base of the Algonquin Dam and plan its repair will cost $5,375.

Lake Algonquin Hydroelectric Plant year-to-date revenues as of March 11 were $30,631; expenditures were $4,661.

Wells Central School District will pay the Town of Wells $58,600 for maintenance and repair of school district vehicles at the town garage during the 2012-13 school year, up $604.

Barney Sign Company, Gloversville, will make a new sign for Wells Community Hall for no more than $2,400. The town will make new posts and install the sign. The cost includes a set of 400 letters and numbers for the changeable copy board.

Editor's Note: This article is based on draft minutes of the Wells Town Board meeting of March 11, 2013, as provided by Town Clerk Mari Wilson.


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