By Tony Farkas
GROVETON — The Trinity County Commissioners’ Court emphatically denied payment to Groveton EMS over ambulance calls to the jail.
The county received a bill from the EMS for call where the inmate patient refused transport.
Commissioner Neal Smith interjected that since the county pays Groveton EMS $1,500 a month, the bill should be denied.
“If an inmate has a scratch, he needs to come over and check on it,” Smith said. “I move that we do not pay this today, next week or next year.”
The county, as well as the city of Groveton, entered into a contract with Groveton EMS in November 2020 for a $1,500 monthly subsidy. That contract was the basis of the denial of other claims submitted in the previous years as well.
In other business, the county:
• approved official bonds for Keith Johnson, recently appointed as Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace, and Kayla Mott;
•proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month;
• approved the joint election to be held May 7 for constitutional amendments and local races;
• approved a replat on a lot in the Twin Oaks Subdivision;
• approved changing the name of Lee 2 Road to Massey Road;
•approved the abatement of nuisance properties in the Deer Run, Pinecrest Hideaway, Westwood Shores and Trinity Cove subdivisions;
•approved budget amendments;
•approved policy revisions to the county’s computer and internet policies;
•designated County Judge Doug Page as authorized official for a body camera grant program;
•approved seeking bids for an expansion for the Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace office;
•accepted a $1,000 donation from the Republican Women of Trinity County for community center improvements;
•approved bids on tax resale property;
•approved a fee for removal of a tree on Mockingbird Lane;
•approved seeking bids for construction of new maintenance facilities; and
•tabled action on a decision to hire an architectural firm in connection with a county jail project.