County accepts city of Riverside ambulance gift

The Washington County Board of Supervisors accepted the gift of an ambulance from the city of Riverside during its regular meeting Tuesday.

At the board’s Oct. 20 meeting, Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. said the Riverside City Council had passed a resolution indicating the city was open to making the transfer to the county. Riverside is now contracting with Washington County to provide ambulance service and no longer needs its ambulance.

The resolution states that the Washington County Ambulance Service is in need of an additional ambulance to better serve the Riverside community. The Riverside resolution calls for a transfer of the ambulance to the county, which “will accept the transfer of the Riverside ambulance and will continue to maintain it, insure it, and use it to serve the emergency needs of the City of Riverside.”

Supervisor Richard Young said the ambulance, valued at $10,000, is in need of about $7.500 in deferred maintenance repairs and would be housed in Washington. Seward said the county would receive the ambulance as a gift “free and clear.”

Next Meeting

Next week’s meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 2, since Tuesday is Election Day, and the supervisors’ room will be used for voting.

Other Business

In other business, the supervisors:

• Approved an application for renewal of a Class C liquor license for the Riverside VFW Post 6414.

• Heard a quarterly report from the Sheriff’s Office.

• Approved a CARES Act budget amendment request and heard a COVID-19 update.