Pepperell OKs new ambulance; regional dispatch gets panned (VIDEO)

Pepperell s aging 2005 ambulance will be replaced thanks to Town Meeting action Monday. FILE PHOTO

PEPPERELL — The town will be getting a new ambulance to replace a 2005 Ford with over 144,000 miles on the odometer.

Special Town Meeting voted yes on Monday for the purchase.

The original citizens’ petition called for funding the vehicle completely from free cash. An amendment, initially presented as a motion by the Finance Committee, was approved.

A land sale of $70,000, $158,805 from overlay surplus and the remainder from free cash will be used for the purchase.

The money in the overlay surplus account is meant to be used for a rainy day and for abatements, said Assistant Assessor Maureen Bolger.

Resident Chris DeSimone said he expected a fight about the purchasing the ambulance. “Now it seems like the town accountant and the Fin Com has done their job.”

The purchase will get the town an ambulance with no new taxes and without depleting free cash, he said.

A discussion on the selectmen’s decision to join the North Middlesex Regional Emergency Communication Center in Tewksbury was followed by an advisory vote to rescind the contract and follow the advice of a committee formed in 2015.

The selectmen went against what residents want, said a resident who identified herself as a former dispatcher.

The room broke into applause frequently.

Selectman Lisa Ferolito, who was elected as a write-in candidate after selectmen approved a contract for regional dispatch, was applauded after she said, “I was not on board with this .

.. I do not want this.”

Police Chief David Scott, Fire Chief Toby Tyler, Communications Director David Stairs all said that if the…

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