FLORENCE — City council members and representatives of the Lauderdale County Commission are expected to discuss today two bids for city-county ambulance service opened last week.
The discussion is expected to take place today midway through the council’s work session, which begins at 3 p.m.
Mayor Mickey Haddock said the two groups will review some of the information contained in the bids beginning at 4 p.m. The bids are from Shoals Ambulance and from Lauderdale EMS, which now has the joint contract for the city and all of Lauderdale County but the Center Star-Killen area.
Lauderdale EMS is affiliated with Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield, and Shoals Ambulance is based in Muscle Shoals.
What’s different in the latest joint bids is the inclusion of the Center Star-Killen area of the county, which has its own ambulance and rescue service. The county commission chose to include that area as an economic enticement to bidders because of the population in that area.
If the two governing bodies cannot reach a consensus on the bids, each may seek new, separate bids for their jurisdictions.
Also on today’s council meeting agenda is a proposed agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority — which is acting as the conduit for Appalachian Regional Commission money — to provide water and sewer for a car parts manufacturer in the Florence-Lauderdale Industrial Park. The agreement calls for ARC to contribute $80,000, with the city contributing an equal amount, to provide utilities to TASUS Corp.’s facility, which is under construction. The facility will employ 135 workers.
City spokesman Phil Stevenson said the contract stipulates that the water and sewer lines will be built to city specifications.
Another item on the agenda is the transfer of a Ford cargo van to Heart of Alabama Save, Rescue and Adopt.
The organization is a group of animal shelter volunteers who started an aggressive animal adoption and rescue program that has helped significantly reduce the number of euthanizations at the Florence/Lauderdale Animal Shelter.
Robert Palmer can be reached at 256-740-5720 or robert.palmer@TimesDaily.com.