Mohawk Ambulance plans to refit this building, formerly a hair salon, into its new substation to improve response times in Glenville.
Photo by John Purcell.
continued Even if the town can’t provide the $50,000 subsidy, Koetzle said the town is looking at “creative ways” to find the support Mohawk requested without using town funds. Since residents would be footing the bill through taxes, he said, hearing input from them is also important.
“I think one of the things we have to evaluate is if it is a need that is important to our residents,” he said.
Previously the town had paid Mohawk a $30,000 subsidy, which Koetzle believed was stopped about four years ago with the previous administration’s concerns about the town budget.
Nardacci said he believes the request is a fair price for the guaranteed service.
“Our request for a small subsidy in Glenville provides the town with 24/7 paramedic and ambulance service at a fraction of the cost other towns spend,” said Nardacci. “Rotterdam, with a similar population, spends over $500,000 for what we would be providing to Glenville for $50,000.”
Rotterdam has its own paramedics on staff, so the subsidy was never requested by Mohawk during its recent bid to be the ambulance provider for the town. The Town Board chose Rotterdam Emergency Medical Services to be its provider for a two-year period after months of debate.