By Tony Farkas
GROVETON — The Groveton City Council approved an agreement to assist the county in paying for an ambulance service to serve the Groveton area.
Mayor Ralph Bennett said that at the Aug. 28 meeting, the council approved an interlocal agreement with Trinity County to pay half of the monthly cost of an ambulance service, which amounts to $3,125.
Bennett said that the service, Allegiance Ambulance, will provide paramedic-level services. At least on ambulance will be housed in Groveton, at a building near City Hall.
He also said the contract will remain in force until terminated by either side via 30-day written notice.
The city previously was contracted with Groveton EMS at a cost of $1,500 a month, but that was terminated earlier this year. Bennett said the increased cost will be no problem and will be worth it for a reliable 24-hour ambulance service.
In other business, the council:
•awarded a bid for digging a water well to Weisinger out of Willis for $1,282,200;
•approved the annual tax roll provided by the Trinity County Appraisal District;
•approved the new property tax rate of .9100 per $100 valuation, which is down from last fiscal year’s .9479 rate;
•approved a preliminary budget, which will be adopted at next meeting;
•approved budget amendments to finalize the current fiscal year budget;
•discussed the monthly report from the Police Department, which showed 111 calls for service, 27 traffic stops made, 13 warnings and 14 citations issued, 15 reports taken and 8 arrests made; and
•approved paying the Inframark bill of $7,538.93, which is for regular service and line repair for the city’s water and wastewater services.