WAPAKONETA — The Wapakoneta City Council discussed emergency management services topics during the regular meeting Monday.
Council performed the third reading and voted unanimously on an ordinance authorizing Safety Service Director Chad Scott to purchase a new 2018 Braun Ambulance Chief XL F-450 through Penn Care, Inc., of Niles, for $201,685.90 upon delivery.
“We see the number of squad runs are going through the roof,” Scott said. “We have an older fleet; we have a 2003, we have a 2009 and we have a 2013.”
Scott said the Wapakoneta area has seen a steady increase in the number of emergency runs between 2012 and 2017. At the end of 2012, the Wapakoneta Fire Department EMS responded to 1,249 emergency calls. The number of emergency calls increased by 344 to 1,593 at the end of 2017, Scott said.
After the new ambulance is up and running, the 2003 ambulance will probably be phased out, Scott said.
Council also performed a second reading of ordinance which would authorize Scott to enter into a deal to provide ambulance service to Moulton Township which, if the ordinance passes after its third reading at the next regular council meeting, would provide the service from April 2018 to March 2021.
Wapakoneta has provided this service for Moulton Township since 1984, Scott said.
“Moulton Township fire service is provided by the Buckland Fire Department, which is a part-time department,” he said. “Since Wapak is a full time department, they can provide ambulance services when needed.”
The deal with Moulton is for $4,000 per year for three years before the contract is renewed, Scott said.
Council also heard from Bill Jacobs and Matt Ricker about their concerns of a proposed low income housing development that would be built near their neighborhood. Jacobs said the residents of Lincoln Park are concerned about safety, increased police presence, increased drug and alcohol abuse and other issues that would lower property value in the neighborhood.
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