During the public comment period of Monday night's Sheridan City Council meeting, Sheridan resident Melissa Dominguez expressed her concern over the Council's recent decision to advertise a request for proposal for ambulance services within the City.
Dominguez stated that in recent conversations with personnel with Sheridan Fire-Rescue, she learned that the reduction of eight firefighters would bring the number of firefighters to the lowest numbers since the 1970's.
Dominguez also stated to the Council that following the May 9th decision by the Council to seek out an RFP for ambulance services, she was disappointed with the response that she received through email from the Council. Councilman Alex Lee said that he welcomed input on the issue from the public.
Council President John Bigelow stated that while part of the Council's decision may have been driven by budget factors, the safety of the citizens comes first and foremost.
Dominguez also informed the Council that she met with Fire Chief Patrick Reitz last Friday about the citizens' safety and overall quality of service being affected by the Council's decision, where Reitz replied “you chose to live here.”
Dominguez asked the Council to investigate her concerns further and to respond to her and the residents of Sheridan.