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Hawkins City Council

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Ambulance Service to add $4 to utility bill. You must cancel
By JOHN SPARKS

Meeting in regular session, Monday, December 15, the Hawkins City Council approved a plan that would add a $4 charge to the utility bills of Hawkins' residents to pay for a subscription for Champion Ambulance/EMT services and accepted the low bid of $87,708 for the next phase of the continuing sewer improvement/reconstruction program.
Council approved a plan presented by Arnie Spiers of Champion EMS to add a subscription fee of $4.00 for ambulance services to the utility bill for all Hawkins residents. The monthly charge covers everyone living at the residence for needed emergency ambulance or helicopter transport by Champion. The $4.00 is expected to be added to the billing cycle at the end of January. If you do not wish to be a subscriber to the Champion service, you must indicate so on a return form with your water bill.
At its' November meeting the council approved a contract agreement with Mother Frances Hospital Regional Health Care Center of Tyler d.b.a. Champion EMS to lease quarters in the Hawkins Volunteer Fire Department Station for an ambulance and crew. The agreement is for five years at a cost to TMF/Champion of $450 per month.
Sewer project to begin early 2009
Bids from 17 companies were opened on November 25 for the next phase of the sewer improvement program, tabbed as the Highway 80 East sewer line project. Dual Construction, Texarkana, was the low bidder at $87,708. Work will begin early next year.
In other action, the council was advised that the city has received a "Good Water Supply" rating from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Mayor Sam Bradley also told council members that Robert Haney and other Hawkins Youth Sports Foundation volunteers were engaged in shutting down City Park #1 for the season.
Janis Smith, City Secretary, advised the council that the ongoing crisis with financial institutions has created problems associated with the selection process of banks where the city's funds can be invested. She also advised that interest rates available for invested funds are at an all-time low in her experience.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Hawkins City Council is scheduled for Monday, January 19 at 6 p.m. A special meeting of the council can be called with 72 hours public notice.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 April 2009 18:20  

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