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Rotterdam gets organized

Del Gallo and Godlewski pushed having an agenda meeting an hour prior to the regular town board meeting, but fellow board member pushed for agenda meeting to be held at the current frequency of the Monday before a Town Board Meeting. All board members agreed to have a board meeting twice a week.

The final tabled resolution of the meeting addressed the supervisor to go out for bids on the ambulance service provider for the town and collection of ALS fees.

Since a tax district for Rotterdam Emergency Medical Service is dead in the town, the board needs to approve a new ambulance service provider. All funding was cut from REMS in the 2011 approved budget.

DiLeva offered a motion to table the resolution, so the Rotterdam Emergency Medical Board could be reinstated and make a recommendation to the board on what ambulance service provider should be chosen.

In the town code, chapter 27, the board in July of 1980 approved the board, which were stated to consist of two Town Board members, two members from the Rotterdam Police Department, two members from the Rotterdam Volunteer Emergency Medical Corps, two members from White Eagle Relief Squad and two members from the Fire Department rescue squads as nominated by the Rotterdam Fire Chief's Association.

DiLeva noted the town code would first have to be amended, because White Eagle no longer exists. Also, she wanted include members of the community on the board. She asked the Town Attorney to research the specific code to recommend amendments.

"This is serious " this is about our ambulance service," said DiLeva. "I would like to see our Emergency Medical Board recreated or changed and I would like them to have a big part in reading our RFPs (request for proposal) and establishing who will be our next service provider," said DiLeva.

To her surprise, Godlewski seconded her resolution.

"Anything I can do to improve the services in the town I will do," said Godlewski in response to DiLeva.""

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