By Tony Farkas
GROVETON — Trinity County Commissioners begged off of contracting with an EMS helicopter service, this time over contractual concerns raised by the County Attorney.
County Judge Doug Page said there were some questions about the contract with PHI Air Medical that could not get answered by the representatives in attendance at the meeting on Nov. 8.
County Attorney Colton Hay said that he had concerns about wording; the contract states that no out-of-pocket expense would be carried by the patient, but the way the contract was worded could still put patients responsible for any unpaid debt.
At a previous meeting, PHI representatives said that for a little more than $42,000 per year, there would be air ambulance service provided to all areas of the county, and it would be of no out-of-pocket expenses for patients.
Commissioner Tommy Park and Page voted to approve the contract, but commissioners Neal Smith, Mike Loftin and Steven Truss voted against the measure.
Page said the item will be brought back to court in December once Hay and PHI can come to terms about the contract.
In other business, the county:
•approved the replat of a lot in the Lonesome Dove Subdivision, which divided it between owners on each side;
•donated $5,000 to the Groveton Community Association for Christmas lights;
•approved personnel action forms;
•approved issuing a county credit card to the jail administrator;
•approved agreement with Bosque County for housing prisoners;
•approved removal of a tree in Westwood Shores. The property is owned by the county and other entities for delinquent taxes, and a tree poses a danger and needed to be taken down; and
•approved donating $50,000 of a $1.4 million American Rescue Plan Act grant to the village of Nigton for a building. Page said that the remaining grant funds will be held in escrow until jail issue reaches a conclusion.