Rotterdam set to vote on ambulance provider

Calder said he talked to Devaprasad and was told the town's contracts with their attorneys don't cover going to court on this case if it is pursued, and there would be additional legal fees. Godlewski said there is $30,000 in fees for litigation.

"He can do the research and a lot of checking out of stuff that is handled here, but if it goes farther than that, it is not covered," said Calder.

Del Gallo said the town would do what it must to resolve the issue.

"It doesn't matter what we have to do, it has to be done. There is no getting around it," said Del Gallo. "You are obligated to the taxpayer. You are going to have to make a decision on your own."

DiLeva said the resolution was not clear enough, such as when the town is going after to try to collect fees. She added that she isn't against collecting ALS fees, but she doesn't like it appearing on the agenda adjacent to the bid proposal votes.

Councilman Matthew Martin said he viewed the two resolutions as separate from each other.

"I thought we were going to discuss this as a board and come up with who we want, and put that out," said DiLeva. "They are both related. How do you say they are not related?"

Martin did say he understood DiLeva's point on how the public might view the juxtaposed resolutions, but he said the order shouldn't matter if the board is viewing them as separately.

"Forget the public. We have to do what is right," said Del Gallo. "Nothing against the public, they can think whatever way they want."

Calder steps aside for vote

Before adjourning from the agenda meeting, Calder said that, after talking with the town attorney and his personal attorney, he decided to abstain from voting on the ambulance service provider for the town.

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