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Akron Council OKs ambulance refurbishment

9/19/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Stephanie Kist

At its Sept. 16 meeting, Akron City Council unanimously approved the refurbishment of two ambulances.

Council’s action authorizes contracts with McCoy Miller and Taylor Made Ambulance for a total of $196,212.

The two ambulances will be returned to their original manufacturers, which will remount the existing bodies on new chassis, refurbish all systems and provide warranties comparable to a new vehicle, according to Charles Twigg, of the Akron Fire Department.

The refurbishment is expected to reduce downtime and repair costs, as well as avoid replacing the ambulances, which would cost $145,000 each, said Public Safety Chairman Mike Freeman (D-Ward 9).

In other business, Council placed on the consent agenda — a list of routine legislation typically approved with one vote at the following week’s meeting — legislation ratifying emergency action taken to repair basements in 265 city residences that were damaged by flooding and sewer backups caused by heavy rainfall on July 10. The city contracted with Cardinal Environmental Services Inc. and Belfor USA for the emergency cleanup assistance that cost $95,000.

The affected properties are located throughout the area, but the highest number are in the Copley Road and Delia Avenue areas in West Akron, as well as the Kenmore area.

Council also placed on the consent agenda annual legislation authorizing the repair of various city sidewalks and construction of Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps. The city sidewalk program is currently scheduling projects for 2016 and 2017.

In legislative action, Council voted to designate 520, 530 and 540 S. Main St. (Canal Place) and 237-243 Furnace Street as historic landmarks. The Urban Design and Historic Preservation Commission, as well as the Akron Planning Commission, recommended approval.

At a future meeting, Council will discuss designating 1200 Firestone Parkway and 1301 S. Main St. (Firestone Tire and Rubber Co.) as a historic landmark.

Council also approved an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation for the resurfacing of Perkins Street as part of a larger project to improve state Route 59. The cost to the city is $93,500.

The next Akron City Council meeting will take place Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers on the third floor of the Akron Municipal Building, 166 S. High St. in Downtown Akron. Committee meetings are set to begin at 2 p.m. that afternoon, also in Council Chambers.

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