By Mason W. Canales
Killeen Daily Herald
NOLANVILLE – The City Council Thursday accepted a bid for free emergency medical services for Nolanville from
Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple.
The contract was accepted after a number of concerns were expressed by Councilman Stan Williamson.
"We are trying to find the best company for your children, Mr. Williamson and Nolanville," said Mayor Carolyn Sterling.
The city received two bids for the EMS service, one from Capital Ambulance and the other from Scott & White.
Capital Ambulance's bid was set at $70,000 for a year of service. Under that bid, the city would not have paid paramedics to work the EMS shifts or pay for the supplies needed to treat emergency patients.
The city would have received the benefit of having one ambulance stationed in Nolanville. If it was in use, an additional Capital ambulance would be available while the other was in use.
"For that price you get a truck dedicated to your community," said a spokesman for Capital Ambulance.
But Scott & White's bid would cost the city nothing.
Zero cost was a goal Nolanville wanted to achieve last year, but the city and Scott & White could not reach an agreement, said Vicki Brown, Nolanville treasurer, so the city paid for the service.
The remainder of the Scott & White contract would remain unchanged with the exception of having an ambulance in the city the majority of the time, said Scott & White officials.
Council members expressed concern regarding where the ambulance would be stationed to assure optimal response times.
Rather than an ambulance stationed on Loop 121 and U.S. Highway 190, in Belton, an ambulance should be stationed in Nolanville, Williamson said.
Both of the services claimed they could meet the required federal response time of 8 minutes and 59 seconds to any call in Nolanville 90 percent of the time.
Jeff Booker, a Nolanville resident who works in Belton, said that he sees the ambulance that services Nolanville in Belton all the time, and doubted that it would be able to meet federal response time standards.
"Zero sounds great until it is your children," Booker said.
Council members said the bids had not been opened prior to the Thursday night meeting.
During the meeting, the council members huddled over the bid information and contracts to investigate the details of the proposed services.
After more than an hour of debate and examining the bids, the council accepted Scott & White's bid, 3-to-1. Williamson voted against the action and Councilman Wayne Hamilton was absent.
The council also discussed the expenditures for the 2007-08 fiscal year.
Contact Mason W. Canales at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 501-7554