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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Plainville to mull ambulance purchase

PLAINVILLE

Selectmen have set a Feb. 12 date for a Special Town Meeting, where voters will decide whether to spend about $50,000 from the town’s ambulance reserve fund to purchase a used ambulance. The town’s backup ambulance recently failed its state inspection.

The warrant for the meeting will remain open until Tuesday, and Police Chief Edward Merrick said he may request a new bylaw that would allow a police camera to take photographs of traffic offenders’ license plates at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 152.

Town Administrator Joseph Fernandes said he was reluctant to ask selectmen to call the meeting, but it is necessary to purchase the replacement ambulance.

He said he hopes more spending items don’t get added to the warrant. "It’s kind of like having a surprise birthday party," he said of calling the special meeting. "You never know what you’re going to get."

-- Calvin Hennick

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