The Utica Fire Department will be getting a new ambulance in the near future.

The Utica Common Council approved the emergency purchase due to the poor condition of the department's existing ambulances.

Councilman Joe Marino says the move is necessary to get the department back up to standards because the department has had to outsource more than 100 ambulance calls in just the past month and a half.

Assistant Fire Chief George Clark added that the cost a new ambulance will be less than constantly maintaining the existing ambulances.

The council also approved additional funding for City projects including sewer maintenance and the Harbor Point project.