Purchase comes after reports of mechanical issues with current vehicle
By Kristen Miller
COKATO, MN - The Cokato City Council approved the purchase of a used 2009 Chevy Lifeline (Type III) for $107,200 last Monday during a special meeting.
The purchase was prompted due to the current ambulance experiencing mechanical issues, and having to undergo major repairs including most recently, a gas leak, reported Jim Erickson, ambulance director.
A declaration of emergency was made at the December regular meeting, with the council permitting the ambulance service to look into the purchase of a similar unit.
Council Member Butch Amundsen noted that the purchase would come from the ambulance fund, which is revenue generated for services provided. It would not need to be levied, he said.
Council member and ambulance service member Carl Harju told the council the current ambulance has a trade-in value of $6,000.
Harju also said that in the future, it would be a good idea to keep a back-up ambulance if there would ever be a need. He gave the example of being on a call, and having to send a neighboring town to another call.
Due to space issues at the current fire hall and the vehicle’s condition, it would not be feasible at this time to keep a back-up.
The ambulance still needs to be painted with lettering (included in the approved cost) and should arrive by mid-January, according to Erickson.
It will be purchased from Ninety-Four Services, Inc. of Monticello, with 1,200 miles.
The purchase was approved by Mayor Bruce Johnson, and council members Harju, Gordy Erickson, and Amundsen. Council Member Wayne Murphy was not in attendance.