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North Tonawanda Council OKs EMS contract for concerts

NORTH TONAWANDA – The North Tonawanda Common Council approved an emergency medical service agreement Tuesday with Twin City Ambulance for the upcoming summer concert series in Gratwick Park, which begins Sunday and continues July 14 and Aug. 25.

The Council approved a fee schedule of $195 per hour for a dedicated advanced life-support ambulance and an agreement for Twin City Ambulance to provide emergency medical services, supplies and equipment as needed.

“One of our concerns is certainly safety,” said City Attorney Shawn P. Nickerson. “We hope we won’t have to use it, but it will be there if it becomes necessary.”

In another matter, the Council agreed to lower the cost that Niagara County pays for shared utilities at 500 Wheatfield St., a former county building that was transferred to the city in 2003.

Under the original agreement, the city allowed the Department of Motor Vehicles, Family Court, Probation Department and Social Services Department to remain in the building and pay their share of utilities.

Since that time, Family Court and Social Services have moved out.

“They were paying for quite a bit more, but now their usage is down, so the costs are down,” said Nickerson. The new contract allows the county to use 39 percent of the building and pay its share of utilities based on that percentage for 13 years and four months. The county is also allowed to use the space at no cost, except for its share of utilities.

The Council also approved a bid of $42,033 from M.H. Thilk Electric of Wilson to install emergency station generators for the North Tonawanda Fire Hall and Rescue 1 station at 788 Payne Ave. and Engine 7 at 1425 Nash Road. Fire Chief John C. Lapham told the Council there is no set timetable, but the generators should be in place by the fall.

In another matter, the Council agreed to a request from Joseph Blake of Eighth Avenue to close an alleyway directly behind his house.

Alderman Phillip “Russ” Rizzo said a secondary request from Blake to close an adjoining alley between his properties, between Eighth and Ninth Avenue, was denied after several residents on Oliver Street opposed the request at a public hearing.