City Councilors to consider ambulance proposal



ELLSWORTH — At its monthly meeting on Aug. 20, the Ellsworth City Council will discuss a proposal from the Emergency Medical Services Committee that could change the way ambulance services are run in the city.

The committee has been meeting for months to try and figure out a solution to the increased call volume, which is up 25 percent in recent years, according to Robert Conary, director of the Hancock County Regional Communications Center.

At a recent meeting, committee members voted to send a proposal for a public-private partnership to the City Council for review.

The plan calls for two fully staffed ambulances housed in the Fire Department for up to three years, at which point the arrangement would be evaluated. An additional dispatching console for the Police Department also is under consideration.

The council also will hear several requests from city staff for various equipment needs. The Police Department is looking to award a bid for two new 2018 police cruisers, while the public works director will ask councilors to award a bid for a new extended cab work truck. Councilors also will entertain a request from Heart of Ellsworth for permission to hold a sidewalk sale on Main Street as part of the Autumn Gold festivities, which are coming up on Sept. 22.

Ellsworth police officers Amie Torrey and Andrew Weatherbee will both be honored for 10 years of service at the meeting.

For the full agenda, visit ellsworthmaine.gov.

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

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