Windham's new ambulance HQ on schedule for completion
Mike Ryan is reporting for The Mountain Eagle steady progress is happening at the site of the new ambulance headquarters and senior citizen center in Windham. The building has been shingled, with interior finishing and the installation of the roof the next steps. “Those guys ran like a well-oiled machine,” said Town Supervisor Thomas Hoyt of the workers on site. Hoyt said as much as $250,000 in cuts to overall costs have been made. The electrical, plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning crews are ready to begin and the job is expected to be completed by the spring. The $3.5 million price tag on the project is nearly double the amount approved by local taxpayers three years ago, before the pandemic hit and prices skyrocketed. Ian Peters is the liaison between the town board and the local ambulance squad. He also represents the town of Windham on the Greene County Emergency Medical Services Council. Peters presented a recent report to the Windham Town Board. He said $3 per hour pay raises have been given to members of Greene County Emergency Medical Systems who cover the rural county in fly cars and provide paramedic service around-the-clock, every day of the year. Ryan also reported there is movement toward forming a mountaintop ambulance system, ultimately combining units in Windham and the towns of Ashland and Hunter, as well as in Jewett, Lexington and Prattsville. That merger is perhaps a year away if not longer, Peters said. Read more in The Mountain Eagle.