continued VAAS Board of Directors Chairwoman Denise Garrah said it was “premature” to discuss negotiations, but was hopeful about reaching an agreement.
“We are hoping that this is settled so maybe we can have an extended contract,” Garrah said.
She said a three- to five-year contract would allow ambulance service volunteers to “focus on what (they’re) supposed to do.”
Conway predicts the contract will be signed before March — unlike last year when negotiations were in limbo until July when the village board, despite its objections, approved awarding $8,800 in reserve funds.
Previously, there was new language added into this year’s proposed contract that would have the town, village and VAAS study and develop a comprehensive plan for town-wide ambulance services. Village officials have expressed concern over a plan being implemented by 2015.
“The wave of the future is certainly going to have to be some type of town-wide service that incorporates all the volunteer agencies and also the (County Sheriff’s Office),” Conway said. “Our only hesitation with that is it's going to take a fair amount of work and research. … That is detail as opposed to philosophy … I think we are all in agreement that is the direction we are going to want to head.”