Waterville Metropolis Council to think about ambulance buy, outside eating, recreation requests

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WATERVILLE — The city council is expected Tuesday to consider buying an ambulance for $343,271, as well as approving downtown al fresco dining and a contract for area recreation projects.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. at The Elm at 21 College Ave. Those wishing to attend remotely can follow a link on the city’s website – www.waterville-me.gov.

Funds for a new ambulance for the fire service would come from the fire service reserve account. Approval requires two council votes, and only one can come Tuesday.

According to Fire Chief Shawn Esler, the fire department urgently needs a new ambulance to complement the two used ambulances it uses to transport patients.

“The new ambulance will be moved to the front lines and will answer daily service requests,” said Esler in a March 29 memorandum to the city council.

Esler said the two used ambulances would be used to increase transportation capacity for both emergency calls and to transport patients from one facility to another.

Having three ambulances would provide primary and backup EMS services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even if an ambulance is in the shop, according to Esler.

Esler said the fire department’s emergency medical service has eliminated long delays in transporting people and has stabilized rescue workers in the area. He recommended that Autotronics, the Bangor company from which the city bought its used ambulances, be awarded the contract for the new ambulance.

On other matters, the City Council is expected to consider:

• Permission for sections of Silver Street, Merchant’s Way and Common Street to be closed to downtown al fresco dining from April through November 1, as was the case in 2021.

• Authorizing City Manager Steve Daly to enter into a $349,920 contract with ME O’Brien & Sons Inc. of Medway, Massachusetts for the purchase and installation of recreation area playground equipment at North, Green, Grove, Moor and Chaplin Streets; and to be signed in At Facilities on Western and Hillside Avenues and in the Pine Ridge Recreation Area. The funds would come from a Council-approved general revenue bond for 2022.

• Authorizing Daly to enter into a $22,480 contract with AE Hodsdon Consulting Engineers of Waterville for design and permitting services for the Pine Ridge Recreation Area, including funds from the general revenue bond.

• Whether to direct the Planning Committee to hear and recommend a Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter motion to revise a condition of the Contract Zoned District Commercial-A-Zone for 8 Highwood St. The change would allow for family housing and apartments buildings. The building across from the Mount Saint Joseph Residence & Rehabilitation formerly housed HealthReach offices.

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