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R'dam to open bids on emergency services

"Where is the audit, and are we even going to consider [a bid from REMS] unless and until these questions can be answered and any related determinations can be made?" asked Rhinesmith.

Del Gallo had sent a letter to REMS saying the Town Board would obtain independent auditors, but a vote on the resolution was delayed until the tax district vote was completed and has yet to resurface.

"As far as the money in the audit, you just don't push the state into doing something, they do it when they get to it," said Del Gallo. "Once the audit is done, and if we find some money is missing or not then at least we will have a chance to get that money, hopefully."

Rhinesmith had also questioned if it was necessary to have a formal bidding process since it won't be costing the town money, but Del Gallo said due to the amount of potential revenue, it is needed.

"Whether its REMS, Mohawk, or the man on the moon, we don't care, because it still has to go out for bid because of the cost," said Del Gallo.

Until an audit is completed, Del Gallo said he thought "you were innocent until you were proven guilty."

Ronald Severson, chairman for the town Parks and Recreation Committee, said the condemning remarks about REMS should be saved until after an audit is done and solid evidence is presented.

"While I'm concerned about the monies that were billed, I think we should avoid using words like pilfered or mismanaged or whatever until the actual investigation and audit is done," said Severson. "REMS has done a lot of good work in this town, so to start using words that suggest anything has been proven I think is inappropriate."

Besides REMS, the other company that has expressed interest in providing emergency services for the town is Mohawk Ambulance Service, which currently does serve residents when REMS isn't able to make a call.

Salamone said REMS is going to be submitting a proposal to the town.

"Members of the board said they were going to go out to bid and that is what they are going to do," said Salamone. "At this point, they are putting together their bid package. I would imagine that it would reflect the contract proposal that I had drafted when we were talking about getting the contract."

Salamone also continued to contest that REMS has done anything wrong in regards to the proposed audit.

"They did nothing wrong," said Salamone.""

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