New Waterford council OKs ambulance purchase

NEW WATERFORD – Village council gave Fire Chief Greg Van Pelt approval to obtain a contract for a new ambulance during Tuesday’s meeting.

Van Pelt said they were getting calls through the roof and the department’s 1995 ambulance was “nickel and diming us” with repairs.

He had priced out a new vehicle from Myer’s Equipment in Canfield that won’t be available until January or February of 2015 for $91,478.

He said it is identical to the recently purchased ambulance the department received and the new one would be bought through the state purchasing agency.

Mayor Shane Patrone said the purchase was discussed with Fiscal Officer Dave Slagle who said the money is there and they would probably look at a five-year payoff.

Council approved obtaining a purchase contract with a unanimous vote.

In other fire department business, council approved of adding Preston Straney and Josh Quarry to the department rolls.

Council also had a lengthy discussion on a contract submitted by consultant W.E. Quicksall & Associates of New Philadelphia regarding the water line upgrades the village is considering.

Patrone said Solicitor Walter Newton reviewed the more than 50-page document of the design plan for the entire system.

Newton had several concerns that went beyond contract language noting he saw “some things we don’t want to be responsible for.”

Newton said the contract was “a terribly difficult contract” and attempt to fit a square peg into a round hole.

It is not to exceed $25,000 and once that amount is reached the village would have the right to terminate the service but still have to pay the $25,000.

Newton also didn’t feel a waiver of limited liability with the village buying a $2 million and $10 million umbrella insurance policy, served the village, noting, “I thought it could be a little more equitable and fair.”

Councilman Gary DeMarchis said he thought the company was going to cooperate but “you found some very, very large discrepancies.”

Patrone suggested advertising a “Request for Proposal” on the design contract and Councilman Tom Cresanto said the insurance clause “bothered” him.

Patrone said, “It’s a contract provided by them that protects them … I basically want a proposal to get an idea of what it will cost.”

He said they can discuss what they want during a committee meeting next week.

“I don’t feel comfortable unless we have a request for proposal. We can go back and give them (Quicksall) our concerns … they wrote a contract to cover them. It’s our responsibility to look out for the village.”

He said Newton will return the contract and outline the village’s issues.

In other business, Patrone said the village was successful in obtaining a $59,050 grant from the Ohio Water Development Authority that will be used to purchase a new clarifier for the sewage treatment plant that it hopes to replace within a year.

The village’s share will be $6,750.

Also, Police Chief Dan Haueter said the department issued 64 citations in June.