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COLUMBIA CITY â€” One commissioner voted against a measure to allow new paint to be applied to Whitley County ambulances.
Whitley Countyâ€™s Commissioners met last week, and on the agenda was a request made by Parkview Whitley Hospital to paint the countyâ€™s ambulances to match the ones used in Allen County.
However, as stated in the proposal, an emblem would be placed on the side designating the vehicles as Whitley Countyâ€™s.
But considering the county actually owns the five ambulances, Commissioner Don Amber was not in favor of having the vehicles altered.
â€śThe ambulances belong to the county,â€ť Amber said. â€śIt will be a mistake to let them repaint our vehicles.â€ť
Currently, ambulances and equipment are owned by the county, not the hospital. A five-year contract, that is set to expire in 2017, allows Parkview to manage the countyâ€™s EMS program.
Within the countyâ€™s budget line item is $300,000 to be paid to the hospital. The give-and-take relationship has advantages for the county.
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