Trumann city council enters agreement with ambulance service

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Trumann City Council voted to adopt an ordinance that will allow Trumann EMS (TEMS) to exclusively provide ambulance service to the city of Trumann.

TEMS owner Dale Parker spoke to the council and pointed out that all other ambulance services that have opened for business in Trumann have ended up leaving. "The ambulance service I now own has a long history with the city of Trumann. We are not going anywhere. Medic One, who has said they will open a business in town, has already come and left once," Parker said.

Several spoke on behalf of TEMS and told the council that the ambulance service does so much for the city already. They told the council that the employees work hard at their jobs and give professional service when they are called upon. Parker knows there are times when his ambulances will be out on calls and may not be able to answer an incoming call. "If we are not able to get to a call, we will call the next available ambulance service to take the call. Past history has shown that Medic One will not do this," Parker said.

After a few more questions were asked and answered, the council voted to allow TEMS to provide exclusive ambulance service to the city of Trumann.

In other new business on the night, an ordinance was passed that allowed the city of Trumann to do business with Neal Vickers retroactive to 2015. This was needed to satisfy the auditors, according to Trumann Mayor Barbara Lewallen. The council also voted to condemn the property located at 342 North Pine Avenue, voted to adopt a resolution for who can sign for a business pertaining to the Trumann Industrial Development Commission, passed a resolution to let Jones Hydro Services, Inc. to continue working on the Davis Street well but to limit the amount to be spent at $60,000, and the council also voted to allow the Alzheimer's Association to have a road block at the intersection of highways 463 and 69 on Wednesday, Aug. 3, from seven until noon to raise money.

The council also heard reports from the city department heads. Trumann Police Chief Chad Henson said the Pokeman Go app that lots are playing may get some in trouble. "They collect apps that appear on their phones' GPS and have to go to that spot to get the symbol. It's a walking game, but some are using cars now to go find the spots, and remember, it's against the law to use a cell phone while driving," Henson said. He also urged everyone to be on the lookout for kids walking around town to find the spots.

Chief Henson also received the My Boss Is A Patriot Award from Dr. Gill Fowler on behalf of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Henson was presented the award for his work and support of the citizen soldiers who serve in the National Guard or the Reserves. Sergeant Eddie Weems of the police department nominated Henson for this honor. Weems is a member of the 875th Engineer Battalion in Jonesboro and said of Henson, "He works diligently with me, so I can continue to serve my country and also the citizens of Trumann."

Fire Chief Revis Kemper said fire calls are up and asked everyone to be cautious. Public Works Director Scotty Jones said it's business as usual for him. Neal Vickers, Economic Development Director, told the group that the fire department won the disc golf match that was recently played at the city park. Code Enforcement Officer Gary Anderson gave the council an update on progress of properties on the condemnation list.

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