The Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service is one step closer to having its own in-house paramedic. The Town Council unanimously approved a two-year contract between Valley Emergency Medical Services, MVEMS and the town of Monroe Tuesday night.

"Approval from the state for our paramedic service is pending," Dennis Condon, the Monroe EMS Commission chairman, said before the vote. "They have to see a contract in play and that it's what the town wants. We don't foresee any issues."

Condon said MVEMS originally wanted to start its new paramedic service on Oct. 1, but now hopes it will happen by Dec. 1.

The first year of the contract would have paid Valley Emergency Medical Services $398,622, but Condon said it may only be for seven months — not a full year. That means it will actually be paid about $232,529. Condon said $350,000 is budgeted for the service.