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Sayville residents question ambulance company location

A sign welcomes visitors to Sayville. (Oct. 9,

A sign welcomes visitors to Sayville. (Oct. 9, 2011) (Credit: Erin Geismar)

A dozen Sayville residents attended an Islip Town planning board public hearing Thursday to share concerns about a potential new neighbor on their block.

Community Ambulance Co., which serves a 23-square-mile area in Islip Town and answers 4,000 calls a year, wants to build an ambulance station at Chester Road and Lakeland Avenue. Treasurer Marc MacDonell said this location, designated to the company by the town in 1986, is in the middle of its service area and would assure quicker response times.

“Response time is key to patient care,” MacDonell said. “From our current headquarters it takes 15 minutes to get to our calls. That’s unacceptable.”

But Chester Road residents, fed up with traffic cutting through their neighborhood from Lakeland Avenue, said a new station there would make that situation worse.

“My concern doesn’t concern the people working at Community Ambulance, it’s that people circumvent Lakeland Avenue and cut through Chester Road,” said resident Layne Plompen.

Plompen and several other residents said they want to see a dead-end at Lakeland and Chester, so cars can’t exit Lakeland and speed down their street, creating a danger for neighborhood children.

Other residents cited noise pollution and quality-of-life concerns associated with having ambulance trucks down the block.

“It’s not like a firehouse, where an alarm goes off every time there’s a fire,” MacDonell said of the small station. The company’s headquarters on Railroad Avenue is also in a residential area. “We’ve learned over the years how to be good neighbors.”

The board voted to reserve decision and will keep the public hearing open until its next meeting on June 7.


Tags: Sayville , ambulance , company , location , Town of Islip

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