Wilton ambulance service has new name
WILTON – The Wilton- Lyndeborough Volunteer Ambulance Rescue Association was formed in 1974 as a non-profit with a board of directors. Over the years, standards and regulations changed.
About eight years ago, the service became a department of the Town of Wilton so the town could provide required insurance including workmen’s compensation. The Board of Directors remained, however, since they own the ambulance bay on Route 31. They also receive and manage contributions to the service from grateful residents and from fundraisers.
Such money is used for items not in the budget, such as a television for the station and blankets since in bad weather personnel tend to stay there over night.
Former Selectman Dan Donovan, one of the town’s representatives to the Board of Directors, met with the Selectmen on Monday, Aug. 31, and said some legal problems had been uncovered.
The service’s 501c(3) non-profit status has lapsed and they are working with the IRS to reinstate it, he said. The original corporation was also defunct as far as the state was concerned.
"It’s dead," Donovan said, and in looking at the legal status, it was decided to start over.
It is now incorporated as Wilton-Temple- Lyndeborough Ambulance Association, Inc.
The new board of directors will consist of nine people, three selectman, one from each town, three citizens, one from each town, and three employees of the service. The directors have no role in the actual working of the service which is under Director Gary Zirpolo.
Expenses are apportioned according to population, currently Wilton is 55 percent, Lyndeborough 25 percent and Temple 20 percent. Lyndeborough and Temple are under contract.
The new board will take over in mid- September. Donovan was reappointed the board and Selectman Bill Condra was named selectmen’s representative.