Rec center cleared for construction

Empire Ambulance Service, Mohawk Ambulance and Saratoga Emergency Medical Services, the city's current EMS provider, all submitted bids in a request for proposals from the city, which is exploring changing services to open up a new revenue stream.

SEMS President Clark Hayward said that sticking with his not-for-profit service was the best choice for city taxpayers during the public comment portion of Tuesday's meeting.

"SEMS has been the sole ambulance provider for the City of Saratoga for the past four years," said Hayward. "We don't take any money at all today from the city taxpayers or residentswe provide this service free of charge."

The council will continue to discuss plans submitted by Yorkshire Properties, Bonacio Construction and High Rock Partners to build a parking garage and public safety building at the site of the High Rock parking lot, behind city hall, at the meeting. Two of those proposals suggest that the city institute paid parking downtown to pay for the public safety building.""

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