Voorheesville Area Ambulance Service contract signed

Town hands over reserve funds to VAAS, village holds onto reserves

The sign outside of Voorheesville Area Ambulance Service's facility in April of 2013.

The sign outside of Voorheesville Area Ambulance Service's facility in April of 2013. Photo by John Purcell.

— This year’s Voorheesville Area Ambulance Service contract signing with the village didn’t go quite as smoothly as predicted months ago, but it’s still around two months earlier than last year.

The Voorheesville Board of Trustees on Tuesday, April 22, signed a contract with its local ambulance service provider, but board members declined signing an addendum giving reserve funds directly to Voorheesville Area Ambulance Service. The funding has been a contested issue between the village and VAAS. The New Scotland Town Board chose to give reserve funds directly to the ambulance company.

This is the first year the ambulance service has had one, unified contract with the village and town. Previously, contracts were negotiated and written up separately.

The village previously created a reserve account earmarked for VAAS, which was funded in this year’s budget at the contracted amount of $4,680. New Scotland’s portion of reserve funding totaled $7,320.

New Scotland Town Supervisor Tom Dolin said the Town Board approved signing the contract and addendum after an executive session, which is closed to the public, at its Wednesday, April 9, meeting. The board did not indicate it would approve the contract after leaving executive session.

“We don’t normally take action afterwards, but we had been without a contract since Jan. 1. They had been providing a service, and we hadn’t paid anything,” Dolin said.

There were two addendums attached to the contract, one for each municipality to sign, which stated the reserve funding would be given directly to VAAS by May 1. The addendums, though, were not needed for such an action because the contract states a reserve account “may be maintained” by the village and town in respective accounts.

An addendum is considered an addition to the contract rather than a condition.

Dolin said the town opted to include the addendum to “expressly document” what action the town took this year. He said ambulance service members felt “very strongly” about maintaining its reserve account in-house.

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