New ambulance service contract

ATLANTA – The Montmorency County Board of Commissioners approved an ambulance contract between the Montmorency County Sheriff Department and Tri-Township Ambulance Service at its meeting Wednesday. Tri-Township has been providing the sheriff department with ambulance service previous to this contract, and now with the newly adjusted contract, service prices have been renegotiated and agreed upon by both parties.

“There weren’t any changes except to the rates,” board Chairman Gene Thornton said. “The prices were reduced.”

Commissioner Daryl Peterson said the board appreciates all the work and cooperation with Tri-Township and are glad they could all come to an agreement.

This contract makes emergency medical services available to the incarcerated inmates of the sheriffs department at a fair and reasonable rate to the county.

The contract started Oct. 9, and will be valid through Jan. 1, 2015.

In other business:

* Sheriff Don Edwards said the jail is holding about 17 local inmates and 20 from Livonia, so the beds are being kept mostly full.

* the board heard a presentation from Valley United Insurance about its proposed health insurance increase of around 8.7 percent, which is good news because it is less than the earlier projection of a 20 percent increase.

* Michigan State University Extension presented its annual report to the board, thanking board members for the continued support the county provides to MSUE programs involving health and nutrition, mentoring, 4-H, Firewise and college readiness and success for youth.

* the elevator in the courthouse had a leak in the hydraulics which was caught in the annual elevator inspection, so Shindler Elevator Corporation will be fixing the leak for $2,135.

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