City Approves New Ambulance Pact With Town

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Fire Department will continue to provide ambulance service for Oswego Town through 2011.

Two days after the Oswego Town Board accepted a proposal to reinstate ambulance service in the town, the Common Council voted unanimously Wednesday evening to authorize the mayor to execute a one-year agreement with the town.

The $20,000 contract, double the previous agreement, restores service to the town immediately.

It will expire Dec. 31, 2011.

“I’m sick and tired of being vilified in the public,” Sixth Ward Bill Sharkey said. “As far as I’m concerned, where we are right now the town put us into this situation. At no time did any of us (councilors) want to close out the town from this service. They choose not to renew their contract. I am sick and tired of being vilified for something we did not do. I guess I’ve had enough. I will vote for this for sure; it’s the right thing to do for the town and the city. But, I don’t understand why we, as a council, and the mayor, have to be vilified.”

First Ward Councilor Connie Cosemento agreed.

“The public needs to know that when the Administrative Services Committee voted not to renew the month-to-month contract, we wanted to be sure the taxpayers and the city and our ambulance weren’t undermined by a contract,” Cosemento said.

The new contract wasn’t done by the city “to punish anybody,” she said, adding that “All the towns should expect an increase in the future at some point in time.”

In a letter, dated Nov. 29, Vicky Mullen, Oswego Town Supervisor notified the city of the town’s desire to cancel the existing contract. The town sought to have a month-to-month deal instead.

On Dec. 6, the city’s Administrative Services Committee accepted the notice of cancellation and rejected the proposal for a new monthly deal.

The city currently has ambulance service agreements, at an annual cost of $10,000, with Scriba and Minetto.