City to Raise Ambulance Rates

September 12th, 2019

HORNELL, NY – Fire Chief Frank Brzozowski suggested to the Board of public safety Thursday morning that the city raise its current ambulance rates. “We haven’t had any increases since 2009,” said the chief, “We want to be comparable to what others around us are charging. We are basically playing catch up.” Brzozowski said that the billing company mentioned to him that an increase was in order. The board agreed and the following rates will take effect October 1st, 2019.

Advanced Life Support 2 will go from $1050 to $1400
Advanced Life Support 1 will go from $850 to $1150
Basic Life Support will go from $650 to $850
Mileage will go from $17 to $30 per mile

The board passed a resolution to appoint Code Officer Larry Bacon to Vacant Zombie Property Coordinator. “We initially had a grant for the position but that came and went,” explained the Mayor, “now in order to continue the position we had to create a new position and require a Civil Service Test.”

According to Senior Code Officer Bud Burdette, Bacon has been doing a great job for the city and is a vital part of the codes dept. Burdette said that when he and Bacon took on the zombie properties, they were up to 41, now they are currently at around 8.

Three upcoming events were approved by the board. The annual 5k Turkey Trot will take place November 28th starting at 9am in front of the YMCA. Also the First Baptist Church will have a Community Celebration on September 19th from 11am till 2pm in the Church St. parking lot, and finally the city will be hosting a Maple City Fall Festival on Main St. September 28th from 12pm to 11pm. “This will be located in the same area as Gus Macker,” said Buckley, “We will be having a car show on Broadway, a sound stage right in front of City Hall, numerous tents, food and drink, a bouncy house and much much more.”