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Thurman squad says ALS will be back soon

Town of Thurman board members (left to right) Evelyn Wood, leon Galusha and Rebecca Hitchcock examine documents during a board meeting Dec. 13,when they voted to negotiate a contract with the Thurman Emergency Medical Services. The town and the board have been battling for a year over response rates, contracts, and funding.

Town of Thurman board members (left to right) Evelyn Wood, leon Galusha and Rebecca Hitchcock examine documents during a board meeting Dec. 13,when they voted to negotiate a contract with the Thurman Emergency Medical Services. The town and the board have been battling for a year over response rates, contracts, and funding. Photo by Thom Randall.

— “We’re going to do our darndest,” Coulard said about raising money to keep the squad appropriately funded.

Moments earlier, the board voted to sign a letter of intent to contract with the Thurman squad, as long as there was some financial guarantee in place that local taxpayers would get their money back if the squad folded. Also, Wood said she agreed in concept to providing fuel for the squad’s ambulances at cost.

Thurman’s ALS certification was revoked in late 2010 amid financial and staffing difficulties under different squad administration.

In other business, the board voted to allow snowmobile traffic for four months this winter over River Road and Bowen Hill Road to George’s Knoll so a sled trail connecting the western Adirondacks with points east and north would remain open. The move was prompted by a ban on snowmobile traffic over the Warren County railroad right-of-way, as train traffic has resumed on the tracks.

Board members said they were hesitant to do so, however, because of a sharp curve in Bowen Hill and narrow roadways, but that maintaining a legal snowmobile pathway was important to the region’s economy and recreation.

While the snowmobilers at the meeting said they were pleased with the decision, resident Joyce Eddy, a former snowmobile club official, said the board’s decision was “a terrible mistake,” as she cited various vehicle collisions on a curve in the roadway.

“This board has voted for an accident to happen to innocent people,” she said.

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