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City OKs new ambulances

The City of Shelbyville will be getting three new ambulances in 2019.

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com

During the first quarter of next year, the Shelbyville Fire Department is due to have three new ambulances.

The city’s Board of Works and Public Safety has approved signing a 3-year agreement with Fire Service Inc. of St. John, located in northwest Indiana.

Fire Chief Tony Logan told the board Tuesday morning that he and his deputy chiefs reviewed three different proposals the city received after requesting bids for the ambulances.

One offer was to remount “the box” compartments of existing ambulances on a new vehicle chassis; another was to replace the current ambulances with 4-wheel drive diesels; the other option was the one selected – brand-new vehicles.

“The E-450 type ambulance is best for our community,” Logan said.

Having a gasoline engine in the E-450 versus diesel would be a cost savings, according to the written evaluation, along with making it easier to adjust the box layout as needed to keep up with industry standards.

The patient compartment should be laid out so, “the patient attendant could stay seated and secured and still reach all the supplies that they may need during transport,” the evaluation states.

Plus, with the remount option, the city would be left with the old chassis to get rid of, Logan stated in a letter to the board.

The current cost for the ambulances being replaced is $47,000 per year per vehicle; that’s expected to remain the same, his letter stated.

“That is with the understanding that we will be selling our vehicles,” noted board member David Finkel.

In other matters, the Board of Works:

n Took under advisement the single bid received to reline 3,011 feet of the city’s sewers. The bid was $112,800; Brad Fix told the board his estimate was about $75,000 for the work;

n After review, decided not to add stop signs at the intersection of Locust and Miller Streets. Mayor Tom DeBaun noted the cost of removing trees and other factors in making the decision;

n Did approve a proposal by Police Chief Mark Weidner to make the intersection of Doran Avenue and Meridian Street on the city’s southwest side an all-way stop, and the board set a speed limit of 20 mph at the location;

n OK’d a request by the group “Time for Change” to hold a candlelight vigil for drug awareness on the Public Square at 3 p.m. on Oct. 20.

City thanks Knauf

At the close of Tuesday’s Board of Works meeting, board members expressed their gratitude to Knauf Insulation for putting on the “Knauftoberfest” celebration at First Friday.

“The way they used the Public Square is an example of the potential for downtown,” said board member David Finkel.

Crowds jammed the area in and around the Public Square for the event Friday evening marking Knauf’s 40 years as one of the community’s largest and most generous employers.

They were able to do so because there was no traffic noted Mayor Tom DeBaun. 

Streets going into and through the Square, including State Road 9 which is Harrison Street within the city limits but is controlled by the state, were shut down for “Knauftoberfest.”

DeBaun said it was a great event that brought the community together.