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AMBULANCE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR: New paint discussion gets sticky

October 29, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — One commissioner voted against a measure to allow new paint to be applied to Whitley County ambulances.

Whitley County’s Commissioners met last week, and on the agenda was a request made by Parkview Whitley Hospital to paint the county’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 County’s.

But considering the county actually owns the five ambulances, Commissioner Don Amber was not in favor of having the vehicles altered.

“The ambulances belong to the county,” Amber said. “It will be a mistake to let them repaint our vehicles.”

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 county’s EMS program.

Within the county’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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