Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

May 24, 2013

City seeks medical equipment funds


Mineral Wells Index

— By CHRIS AGEE



Mineral Wells City council members unanimously supported submitting a grant request on behalf of the city for new emergency medical devices.

According to Finance Director John Moran, the Texas Department of State Health Services recently announced about $1 million in funds will be available during the upcoming fiscal year.

With funding from the Permanent Fund for Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Care Account, local project grants will be distributed based on merit, value, and the discretion of the DSHS.

Only certain projects, including those with benefitting or improving emergency pre-hospital care or injury prevention, will be considered for the funding, Moran explained.

The city is seeking the grant to purchase equipment such as defibrillators, compact suction units, in-vehicle laptops, and glucose meters.

When Moran explained the grant includes a 50 percent match to be paid by the city, councilman Bill Terry asked him if that sum had been determined.

Moran explained appropriation of those funds – should the city be selected to receive a grant – would be included in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget.

Demolition bids accepted

City Manager Lance Howerton presented council members with a list of bids for the demolition of 10 structures within the city.

With bids ranging from $26,400 to $202,341, he recommended accepting the lowest bid, noting the city has previously done business with the contractor.

Council member Tammy Underwood asked if Howerton knew the cause of such disparate bid amounts.

He surmised some of the higher bidders were unfamiliar with the process and did not fully understand what the project entailed.

Water supply agreement

Council approved a resolution Tuesday allowing the sale of local treated water to another water supplier.

According to City Manager Lance Howerton, the city already sells water to four water supply corporations in addition to the City of Graford and two special utility districts.

Tuesday’s council approval addressed the sale of water to the North Rural Water Supply Corporation, he explained, noting the proposed contract anticipates a 10-year term at an initial rate of $3.73 per thousand.

“This rate is subject to change by the city council over time,” he noted.

Also included in the contract, he said, are maximum daily, monthly and annual quantities guaranteed.

Howerton explained the annual maximum is 117 million gallons, which he said is well within the city’s capabilities.