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Dublin receives 15.7-percent increase for ambulance services from Peterborough for 2018



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, October 26, 2017

The town of Dublin is discussing ambulance service provider options after receiving a 15.7-percent increase from Peterborough’s ambulance service.

The select board discussed the $56,827 bill for 2018 with Fire Chief Tom Vanderbilt during a regularly scheduled meeting Monday. Vanderbilt said that he is currently reaching out to other providers but is unsure if anyone would be willing to take the town on as a client. 

“If another town drops out, we will have to take a bigger piece of the pie,” said board chair Walter Snitko. 

The board has discussed finding alternatives in prior years but nothing has come of it. Vanderbilt said he has reached out to DiLuzio Ambulance Services and Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance, with the cost of starting a town service being too expensive. 

Vanderbilt also asked the board if the town would be willing to start paying for gap insurance for the fire department, which has previously been paid for by fire company fundraising efforts for the past seven years.

The insurance helps to bridge the gap between standard workers compensation insurance to help firefighters who have been injured in the line of duty. The current policy is good to June 18, 2018. 

The board was given an estimate of $7,540 for a two year contract.

No decisions were made about adding it to next year’s budget, but board members said they were receptive provided everything worked hand in hand with the town’s insurance. 

The board agreed to find up to $1,380 in this year’s budget to make repairs to the church clock downtown, which hasn’t been working for much of the year. The board had discussed using money from an emergency maintenance fund, but deemed the project to not be an emergency. 

The board met with Planning Board chair Bruce Simpson to discuss potential policy changes relative to land use secretary Neil Sandford being compensated for special trips to the town hall for town-related business.

The board asked Simpson to speak with Sandford about the possibility of setting up weekly office hours to eliminate the need for said trips.

Snitko said the office hours would serve a few purposes, namely that the Selectmen are concerned about cyber security of town computers, as Sandford may be using thumb drives to bring work from one place to the other. The town also wouldn’t have to create or alter a policy just for one position.

The board met with representatives of the Spruce Ridge Drive development, who were asking for the town to take over the road now that it has been built out to spec. 

The board said they would not take over the road as a town road, as it has been maintained since the beginning of the subdivision’s development that the town would not be doing that. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.