2005-07-30 / Top News

City Approves Ambulance Bid

By Leslie Rott

The Mackinac Island City Council, armed with $75,000 in pledges for a new ambulance, will purchase a 2005 Ford E-250 super cargo diesel van from Holden & Holden, Ltd of Harrison and expects to take delivery in November or December.

Meeting in special session Tuesday, July 26, Council accepted a price of $63,962 for the new ambulance and will sign a contract soon. The price, offered by Ken Holden, includes a trade-in on the old ambulance.

“He gave us a very low-ball bid,” said Tony Spata, an emergency medical technician for Allied EMS, which operates the city’s ambulance service. “He did it because he wants to supply the ambulance on Mackinac Island.”

Ambulance personnel recommended the low bid to Council from several it had solicited. The next lowest bid was $85,000, Mr. Spata said.

The $75,000 in pledges had been solicited by cottager Mike Young from other cottagers and business owners following a fundraising dinner at the Iroquois Hotel July 10.

“It just goes to show how the community comes together for a very worthy cause,” said Mayor Margaret Doud. “We are much appreciative to the community and grateful for the wonderful job that the EMTs do.”

If a 2005 model is not available, the City will have to pay an additional $3,000 for a 2006 model. The ambulance crew will be working with the supplier on the final configuration.

The city currently has $48,000 in hand for the ambulance and will owe $31,502 as a down payment to Holden & Holden, once a contract is agreed upon. The balance is due upon delivery of the ambulance.

Alderman Jason St. Onge suggested the city allow the ambulance crew to spend up to $75,000 and to consider offering a bonus for early or on-time delivery, since the projected date is so close to the time when winter ice in the Straits of Mackinac forces boat service to stop.

In the event that there is any money left over from the purchase of the new ambulance, it will go into a base fund for a replacement ambulance in the future.

In other business at the meeting, Council unanimously approved a resolution supporting the post-Labor Day school start.

“I think everyone at this table is in support of this since we’ve never done anything different on Mackinac Island,” Mayor Margaret Doud told Council.

Part of the resolution states, “On behalf of the City Council of Mackinac Island, who recognize the critical value of Michigan’s tourism economy, we feel the time is right to enact legislation that will require schools in Michigan to begin classes after Labor Day. This will provide a significant and sorely needed boost to economies of Mackinac County and the State of Michigan.”

The resolution of support will be sent to the State Legislature.

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