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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 Countyâs Commissioners met last week, and on the agenda was a request made by Parkview Whitley Hospital to paint the countyâs 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 Countyâs.
But considering the county actually owns the five ambulances, Commissioner Don Amber was not in favor of having the vehicles altered.
âThe ambulances belong to the county,â Amber said. âIt will be a mistake to let them repaint our vehicles.â
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 countyâs EMS program.
Within the countyâs 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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