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Alden renews Rural/Metro ambulance contract on year-to-year basis

The Town of Alden renewed its contract ambulance services with Rural/Metro Medical Services on Monday evening, opting for a year-to-year contract as the sale of the ambulance company to Envision Healthcare Holdings plays out.

In the past, the town had used a three-year contract with the company, Supervisor Harry Milligan said. Ambulance services are provided by Rural/Metro at no cost to the town.

“We don’t know what that’s going to mean to us,” he said, referring to the merger. “We’re going on a one-year contract. Rural/Metro has no problem with that.”

The new contract begins Jan. 1, 2016.

In other board news, a public hearing on the town’s use of a Community Development Block Grant brought no comments from residents. The town intends to update its code books, should the grant be given to the town, Milligan said. That doesn’t look good at the moment, he said.

Milligan sat on the committee that determined how the funds are allocated last year.

“There wasn’t a lot of money left last year,” he said. “This year, they’re telling us there is no money. It’s a tough one.”

The town used the grant to purchase a new van for senior citizens last year. “Fortunately, we got that paid for last year,” Milligan said.

Also, the Pink Cow was proclaimed 2015 “Business of the Year” Monday evening. The ice cream shop was voted as the top business in Alden by residents through the Alden Chamber of Commerce.

“They do a lot of public and community service there,” Milligan said.