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Manlius Ambulance barn in need of repairs and updates

MANLIUS – The Manlius Ambulance Service barn is in need of updates.

Ken Brummel of the ambulance service addressed the village board last Tuesday about the barn’s current conditions and needs.

In 1978, when the village committed to the service, space was set-up inside the village’s maintenance area and the building conditions have remained the same since, according to Brummel.

Only one of four lights in the building work, the keypad opener for the overhead door no longer operates and there is no secured space for medical records, equipment and medicines.

“What we currently have … is a bay in the village maintenance barn with shared access to the public,” he said.

Brummel said the ambulance service needs a secured lockable room that can only be accessed by the ambulance personnel. The service would also like to move to the two north bays in the current building and construct a dividing insulated wall between the ambulance and village space.

“We have to have a secured room and building,” said Brummel. “We’d just like to make it a little bit better … we can’t have our files in the public bathroom and can’t have out meds open to the public.”

Brummel said the village’s restroom is easily accessable to anyone who walks in and opens the door. He said a lot of the railroad workers walk-in and use the area.

Since the ambulance service is located on village property, Brummel was at the meeting to get permission for the construction from the village trustees. However, village president Robin Hewitt, who is also a fire department trustee, said Brummel should have addressed the fire department trustees first, because the department is the who will fund the ambulance service’s project.

Hewitt said about 15 years ago the ambulance and fire department came together in a verbal agreement when the ambulance service couldn’t afford to be on its own. He said at the time, the fire department levied $20,000 to help pay for a needed second ambulance and since then has been trying to pay off the cost and maintain bills. He said they are now close to having enough money to build a new spot for the ambulance service.

Hewitt said he would meet with Brummel and the fire trustees later this month to lay out a plan for the new space. He plans to bring back plans to the village trustees at next month’s meeting to update them on what happens next.

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