Officials approve ambulance repair

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Vehicle was ‘barely out of warranty,’ Hauser says

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TELL CITY – The Perry County commissioners backed at a regular meeting Aug. 4 an emergency ambulance-engine repair costing $11,800. The repair was previously authorized by Commissioner Tom Hauser, who said he contacted a Ford dealer about it.

“The dealer who sold it to us thinks we can get a sizeable amount of that (cost) reduced,” he said. “They haven’t given an answer yet, but hopefully (the cost) will be reduced by several thousand dollars.”

“It’s barely out of warranty,” he added. “It had a five-year, 100,000-mile warranty and it’s less than four years old and it’s got 103,000 miles on it, so it’s close. The dealer was very optimistic we’re going to get some help.”

Commissioner Bill Amos offered a motion to authorize Hauser’s action and Commissioner Randy Kleaving seconded it, saying, “it’s one of those things we have to do.”

Ruxer Ford, which has locations in Evansville and Jasper, was the dealer Hauser worked with.

“Ruxer was real good about it. They weren’t the dealer that sold it to us,” he said, “because it went through an outfitter.”

The commissioners also adopted on ordinance incorporating “all of the ordinances and resolutions we did throughout last year into our code book; this is the same ordinance we did last year with the dates changed,” said county attorney Chris Goffinet.

The meeting agenda included a presentation by Mike Kleeman of the Derby Community Association, but Goffinet said property they intended to discuss is owned by the county parks department, not the county, “so any action that you guys were asking for would need to be referred to the Perry County Parks and Recreation Department.”

Kleeman said he’d take the issue before that entity’s board of directors, whose next meeting was scheduled for Aug. 13.