OAKWOOD — Village trustees awarded a contract Monday for a new ambulance for the Oakwood EMS. American Emergency Vehicles of Columbia, Mo., had the low bid of $174,003 for a 2014 Ford F550 diesel four-wheel drive ambulance. Four companies submitted bids for supplying the new ambulance.
Terry Hume, Oakwood EMS chief, said that the new ambulance should be delivered between 150-180 days from the date of the order. The ambulance will be paid for from fees that the EMS collects for its services. The new ambulance will replace a 2001 ambulance and will keep the EMS ambulance fleet at three.
Hume said the service has 20 volunteer personnel and that the service handles about 900 calls annually.
Also, at Monday night's meeting were two representatives from Utilities Inc., the company purchasing the Oakwood water and sewer systems. Don Sudduth and Steve Lubertozzi of Utilities Inc. appeared before the board to seek a delay in the closing of the sale of the utility systems, previously scheduled for late December.
According to Sudduth and Lubertozzi, the firm is working to complete a legal description of the entire village that was requested by the Illinois Commerce Commission. Both men said they thought once the legal description was submitted to the ICC that approval of the sale would move forward.
Board members agreed to extend the closing date deadline until Feb. 28.
Board members also had a chance to bring up concerns with the two representatives about maintenance and the handling of emergency service calls of the two systems, once Utilities Inc. takes control.
Sudduth and Lubertozzi assured the board that the company planned to hire three service technicians to operate the system as well as have agreements in place with local contractors who can be called upon in emergency situations.
The pair also reiterated the company's plan to continue using river water to supply the village's water needs, but will significantly improve the water treatment systems as well as explore other options for additional water if the need arises.
In other board action, trustees:
+ Approved $50 gift certificates as Christmas bonuses for all the village full and part-time employees. The village has 31 full- and part-time employees.
+ Agreed to have Mayor Robert Jennings and trustee Mitch Leverenz meet with representatives of the youth baseball and football programs that use the village park to discuss the ongoing problems with maintenance of the park facilities. Board members had discussed charging a fee to the groups to help maintain the park as well as repair some of the damage done to it but decided to allow Jennings and Leverenz see if something can be worked out first.
+ Went into closed session to discuss the possible purchase of the former truck stop site located on the north side of I-74. No action was taken.