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  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom


    Milford EMT's, from left, Jeff Boucher, Justin Doty and Josh Campbell chat outside their booth Tuesday, March 13, 2012, during the town election held in the Milford Middle School gym. The ambulance service is hoping voters approve a new building for them on Elm Street.


  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom


    Ambulances stand by in their bays Tuesday, March 13, 2012, in Milford.


  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom


    Ambulances stand by in their bays Tuesday, March 13, 2012, in Milford.


  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom


    Election workers Tim Finan, left, and Claire Callahan watch the ballot boxes as Bob Mazrolle casts his votes Tuesday, March 13, 2012, during the town election held in the Milford Middle School gym.


  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom


    Milford Fire Department
  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom


    Ambulance Director Eric Schelberg, right, talks with Jim Rumson and Bernie Kallfelz outside the polls Tuesday, March 13, 2012, during the town election held in the Milford Middle School gym. The ambulance service had a booth set up on the lawn to show residents what the proposed new ambulance building would look like.


  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom


    Ashley Federico helps her father, Kevin campaign after school Tuesday, March 13, 2012, during the town election held in the Milford Middle School gym.


  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom


    EMT Jeff Boucher secures a sign in the ambulance service's booth Tuesday, March 13, 2012, outside the polls during the town election held at the Milford Middle School gym.


  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom


    Voters take to the polls Tuesday, March 13, 2012, during the town election held in the Milford Middle School gym.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Milford voters approve new $2.2m ambulance facility

MILFORD – Voters on Tuesday approved a $2.2 million plan for a new ambulance facility, 1,120 to 667.

Ambulance service director Eric Schelberg said he was “happy and proud that the ambulance service is being supported by the community.”

The proposal needed 60 percent support to pass.

The plan approved by voters allows for the construction of a four-bay ambulance building at 66 Elm St. on the current site of Harvey’s Music.

Selectmen, who supported the proposal unanimously, say the current facility, housed in the lower level of Town Hall for 37 years, is severely cramped, too small to house the new ambulances that will be needed soon and too small to allow for training, decontamination equipment and other needs of the ambulance service.

Twice before, voters had turned down plans for a combined fire/ambulance emergency complex, so plans were scaled down to an ambulance-only building, because the ambulance service’s needs are considered paramount.

“Our facility was designed for ambulances from the mid-’70s,” Schelberg said recently, and the space has many deficiencies, including lack of a training area, a too-small bunk area, and no way to exhaust vehicle fumes and wash the ambulances.

A paramedic response vehicle must be parked outside because there is no bay for it.

The new facility will be designed with four bays and will serve the community’s needs for at least 30 years, according to the Community Facilities Committee, which unanimously backed the proposal.

In other spending news, the town’s $11.76 million operating budget passed.

Voters also approved a $67,700 article for a first-year payment on a replacement for the Fire Department’s Engine 4. The current vehicle is 25 years old, the oldest in the department’s fleet.

Voters also passed a $23,800 article for a backhoe for the Department of Public Works. The $23,800 would be an annual payment.

Two articles that would create a fund for the town-owned Brox property and allow money from the sale of the old police station to go into the fund passed, and a petition article to increase the income limit for an elderly property tax exemption also passed.

In another articles, a warrant article for July Fourth fireworks passed. Collective bargaining agreements for 2009-13 for local members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and 2012-13 for local members of the Teamsters union were also approved.

The School District’s $36.3 million operating budget, and a collective bargaining agreement for support staff both passed. There were two contests for town offices, one for a selectman’s seat and the other for cemetery trustee.

Incumbent Gary Daniels was re-elected to the Board of Selectmen, along with Mark Fougere.

Mary Dickson was elected as the new cemetery trustee. All were elected to three-year terms.

The town treasurer was changed to an appointed position

An $18,000 project for Jennison Road bridge replacement also passed.