Morristown is looking at buying a used ambulance.

Bill Mapes, chief of Morristown Emergency Medical Service, wants to replace A-1, his department’s second ambulance. The vehicle has heavy rust damage and needs extensive repairs simply to pass a state inspection in August, and it has a laundry list of other problems, including high engine miles.

Mapes and assistant chief Corey Boisvert are concerned about the safety of the ambulance crew and the people being transported.

Last month, the select board directed Mapes to get a second opinion on the cost of fixing the ambulance. He did: $53,000 from Lamoille Valley Ford.

Last month, board members also questioned the wisdom of spending a lot of money on a failing ambulance, and now seem to be leaning toward buying a used vehicle.

Mapes said Monday he had found a pair of used ambulances priced at $29,000 and $38,000. Last year, the department bought a new one for about $225,000. However, because of the number of calls it receives, Morristown often needs a second ambulance.

The $38,000 ambulance is in Rutland, at an emergency department where Mapes worked for years. The ambulance has high miles but has been well maintained, he reported, and the board told Mapes to look into buying it.

“Chief Mapes is going to look at it tomorrow,” Dan Lindley, Morristown town administrator, said Tuesday.

Other business

• Plans to build permanent bathrooms at Oxbow Riverfront Park are being pushed out a bit, because a modified plan the select board approved earlier this year — one large room with individual stalls — doesn’t meet state standards.

So, it’s back to the original plan: two separate rooms, each with its own sink, that lock inside the larger building.

Board vice chair Chris Towne had proposed the change, citing safety concerns about individual rooms that can be locked, and he voted against reverting to the original plan. The other three board members at the meeting approved the change, with the caveat that the bathrooms will be open only between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. and will be under video surveillance.

Lindley still hopes to have the bathroom built before winter.

• The board voted unanimously to hire Terri Sabens to the new position of town assessor. Sabens, a longtime employee of the assessors office in Essex, recently retired as a full-time employee. She will work part-time for Morristown, earning $45 per hour for an average of 16 hours per week. Her job: assessing the value of commercial and residential properties around town. She starts work Aug. 1.

• The board will take public comments June 17 on a slate of changes proposed in Morristown’s zoning bylaws. The changes are posted at minutes/planningzoning.html.

• The board approved the town’s annual contract with the Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department for dispatch services. The contract is for $140,172, about $4,000 less than budgeted.

• Most of the deteriorating skate park at Oxbow Riverfront Park has been demolished. A small section was preserved to give skateboarders somewhere to skate while residents and town officials work on finding a home for a new park.

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