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Oneida Co. Zoning Comm. agrees to set Woodruff Helipad decision date WedensdaySubmitted: 05/14/2013

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WOODRUFF - We'll have to wait a while longer to see if Ministry Medical might be able to move forward with its new helipad in Woodruff.

The Woodruff town board and Oneida County Zoning Committee viewed the new location of the Helipad along with a demonstration yesterday.

The new location is right across the street from the emergency room on Pine Street and Third Avenue.

Moving the pad there would cut down on time to get the patients into the emergency room.

"As you can see the emergency department is literally a couple of hundred feet away as opposed from the old site which was much farther and therefore when we are transferring critical patients literally every minute counts," Ministry Director of Emergency Services Dr. Roderick Brodhead said.

The old location is a quarter of a mile from the new one.

Neighbors say they're not actually against the new location for the helipad, but they want the Oneida County Zoning Committee to be fair with the neighbors who will be affected by it.

"I'm all for the helicopter and emergency services and time saving, but I don't think that a couple of people who are in this unfortunate situation should have to disproportionately bear the cost of the helicopter going in," resident Todd Albano said. "I think that that's something zoning laws were made to protect us from and that should be a shared expense among everybody."

The Oneida County Zoning Committee has the final say on whether that will be the new location. They will set a decision date Wednesday.

Story By: Shardaa Gray

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