Divided Gilbert Town Council approves 2-way radios for ambulances

Gilbert Town Council
From left: Chef W Rieth of Not Your Typical Deli, Bergies Coffee Roast House co-owners Brian and Linda Bergeson, and Mayor Scott Anderson pose with a symbolic check Dec. 1 at the Gilbert Town Council meeting. The check represented the awarding of money to small businesses in the #GilbertTogether Business Recovery Program. The $18 million town program was funded through the AZCares money the town received from the state to help businesses struggling from the coronavirus pandemic. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

From left: Chef W Rieth of Not Your Typical Deli, Bergies Coffee Roast House co-owners Brian and Linda Bergeson, and Mayor Scott Anderson pose with a symbolic check Dec. 1 at the Gilbert Town Council meeting. The check represented the awarding of money to small businesses in the #GilbertTogether Business Recovery Program. The $18 million town program was funded through the AZCares money the town received from the state to help businesses struggling from the coronavirus pandemic. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gilbert Town Council voted 4-3 Dec. 2 to approve the purchase of two-way radios for the town’s new ambulance service.

The approval during a short council meeting allows an expenditure of $146,000 to purchase the radios. Council Members Laurin Hendrix, Aimee Yentes and Jared Taylor dissented on the vote.


The item originally was on council’s consent agenda, but it was pulled at Hendrix’s request. Hendrix said he was opposed to the ambulance service, which was approved before he joined council, because it represented a step toward socialized medicine. Yentes and Taylor had opposed the service when it was approved in August.

In other business:

  • Council unanimously approved an amendment costing up to $900,000 to an agreement with United Fibers for a continued partnership in the processing, disposal and resale of Gilbert’s recycling commodities. Hendrix also pulled this item from the consent agenda to ask how the town evaluates the costs. Public Works Director Jessica Marlow said the town compares costs with neighboring cities but noted the town has few options in the shrinking recycling market.

  • Council unanimously approved a minor general plan amendment to change a parcel’s zoning from business park to multifamily residential to accommodate the proposed Town on Germann townhouses development. Council Member Scott September noted some neighbors in the Eagle Glen Homeowners Association had concerns about the development, but applicant representative Ben Cooper said the developer is working to address their concerns.

By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.