The Tomah City Council will consider a compromise proposal for a new ambulance building this week.
The council will decide Tuesday whether to scale back a new building for the Tomah Area Ambulance Service at the site of the new Tomah Health hospital and use the savings to maintain a satellite facility at the existing station on Arthur Street.
The council’s Committee of the Whole meets tonight (Monday) at 6:30 p.m., and the regular council meeting is Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
The city council voted 5-3 last month to construct at new $2.9 million facility and leave the existing building empty. But mayor Mike Murray, who supports an ambulance presence on Arthur Street, said he intended to veto the proposal. He and the three council members who voted against the plan expressed concern about ambulance response times to areas north of the railroad tracks. The hospital site is two miles south of Arthur Street.
According to a memo from city administrator Roger Gorius, a meeting was held July 3 between Murray, Gorius and TAAS director Randy Dunford. They hammered out a proposal that would scale back the hospital site by $500,000 to pay for renovations at Arthur Street. The renovations would include a cooling unit to preserve medications and renovations of the bathroom and shower areas.
TAAS had 201 calls for service in June.
The council will also consider revising a lease agreement between the city and Greater Tomah Area Chamber of Commerce, which occupies the former Department of Natural Resources Ranger Station on Superior Avenue. The council will consider an addition to the lease that says the building can be sold only with consent of both parties before the lease expires at the end of 2022. It would also remove a section that gives the city right to change the rental rate of $1 per year if the Chamber is given 60 days notice.
Other agenda items include presentation of the 2017 audit report, approval of bartender licenses, a request that the city of Tomah be exempt from the Monroe County library tax and revisions to the ordinance covering outdoor facility licenses.
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