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Bids sought on replacing rescue vehicle

The Dunkirk Fire Department will advertise for bids to replace its 2001 rescue vehicle.

Action was approved Tuesday night by a 3-2 vote at the Common Council meeting. The issue was debated at a workshop that preceded the meeting.

It had the sponsorship of Councilwoman Stacey Szukala, who said that the current rescue vehicle has more than 15,000 operating hours and more than 50,000 miles.

Mayor A.J. Dolce said he was in favor of seeking bids for a new vehicle even though some Council members objected.

The mayor said he had been researching financing and has met with both Chief Keith Ahlstrom and City Treasurer Mark Woods.

"We want to see a bid price so we can weigh our options," the mayor said.

The city has been receiving increased revenue since the Fire Department started to transport patients to the hospital in 2010, ending a contract with Allstar.

Since the city service started, more than $43,000 has been received and more than $70,000 has been billed.

Woods said it typically takes 90 to 120 days to receive payment from insurance companies.

Ahlstrom said he was confident revenues from the ambulance service could pay for a new rig.

Bids for the vehicle are expected to be returned by the end of March. The cost is estimated at $150,000.

In other matters, a resolution directing the building inspector to report on a residence at 209 Swan St. received unanimous approval.

Council members started the procedure due to the appearance of the house, which seems in need of major repairs. The report is expected to include information on the owner and responsible parties for the property. Council members also gave the nod to the Conservation Club and Bart's Cove on Mullet Street for outdoor summer entertainment.

Approval was given for a triathlon Aug. 28 sponsored by Score This.

The Harbor Commission's request for two commercial fishing licenses was also granted. Dave's Bait and Tackle of Derby and Penrods Bait and Tackle of Buffalo received commercial licenses to operate out of Dunkirk Harbor.