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Committee approves purchases of river gauges

November 16, 2018

The Finance Committee of the Watertown Common Council approved the purchases of river gauges for the city’s emergency management group headed by fire Chief Kraig Biefeld during its meeting Monday.

Committee Member Rick Tortomasi said the group wants to put a gauge on the Cady Street bridge and another on the Oconomowoc Avenue bridge.

“It gives them electronic readings of the depth of the (Rock) river,” Tortomasi said.

The cost of the gauges is $2,198 each. The fire department is using money it had left from a different project.

The committee reviewed three bids from companies to do EMS billing for the Watertown Fire Department. In a previous meeting, the committee authorized Biefeld to explore the option of returning EMS billing to a private company on a contract basis.

Tortomasi said the fire department did not choose the lowest bid.

“They wanted to go with the company who was in the middle of the three bids,” Tortomasi said.

He said the committee asked Biefeld to try to get a lower bid from the company and to bring it back to the next meeting.

The committee approved the bid for a 2019 Dodge Caravan from Ewald Motors in Oconomowoc for the city’s transit system at a cost of $23,566.

The committee tabled discussing ambulance billing write-offs for the next meeting due to not receiving all the needed information.

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