Following Monday night’s North Whitehall Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Northern Valley EMS, or NOVA, is $40,000 closer to purchasing a fifth truck for its fleet.
Due to an engine defect, three of its four Ford vehicles are essentially inoperable. Since June 2011, NOVA repaired the three engines 51 times, according to a representative present at the meeting.
When one of the vehicles is out of commission, NOVA relies on its one remaining truck or borrows from another ambulance corps.
The new equipment will cost about $115,000. NOVA requested $50,000 from North Whitehall because about 50 percent of its calls are run in the township. NOVA will request more funds from the other municipalities it services.
Just as Supervisor Mark Hills described the request as a “monkey wrench” in the proposed budget, Treasurer Brenda Norder reminded the board that $40,000 in emergency services funding had yet to be spent in 2012.
The three-member board unanimously approved the use of the unexpended money, saying it would think about allocating the remaining $10,000 requested at another time.
The grant will not affect the 2013 budget, which also passed unanimously at the meeting.