Silt, New Castle consider forming unified ambulance district
NEW CASTLE – The Burning Mountain Emergency Medical Services Planning Committee proposed a plan that would create a unified Silt and New Castle ambulance district at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting.If the new district were created, it would serve the same areas as the Burning Mountains Fire Protection District, said Matt Dahl, of the Department of Local Affairs in Grand Junction, who is serving on the committee. Dahl said the new district would create a better protocol for when Silt-based medical services would respond to calls in New Castle. He said the merger would increase the level of service in Silt and New Castle. One of the big advantages for New Castle is that it would be equipped with an advanced life support ambulance, said Susan Taylor of the Silt Ambulance Service.Mayor Bill Wentzel said the New Castle Town Council has no control over the New Castle ambulance service, but appreciated being advised and consulted in the matter. Wentzel applauded the efforts and initiative of the people involved. “My only concern is that New Castle doesn’t take a step backward in the level of service,” Wentzel said. In other action the council:-Agreed to take ownership of Alder Ridge Lane. The street runs through the Alder Ridge Townhomes and connects on both ends to Alder Avenue. The street was previously owned by the homeowners association. The council took over the street in part because it is sometimes used by the public as well as townhome residents. -Held a first reading on an ordinance that would make Comcast of Colorado the town’s cable provider. A public hearing was set for the regular Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 5. A new list of cable channels will be presented at the hearing.Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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