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Ambulances ordered, expected this summer

Financing the purchase of two new ambulances for the Lawrence County EMS was finalized at Thursday’s meeting of the Lawrence County Commissioners.

The commission approved a bond anticipation note for $220,000 from the county’s Neighborhood Investment Program at an interest rate of 1.5 percent for four years.

The vehicles have already been ordered and are expected to be delivered in August.

David Michael, executive director of Huntington, WV Area Habitat for Humanity, told commissioners that there will be a wall-raising for the first house to be built by the organization in Lawrence County at Miller on Friday. Already the footer has been poured.

The Huntington-based organization extended its service range about 18 months ago to include all of Lawrence County, except for Ironton, Coal Grove and Hanging Rock, which are served by the Ashland, Ky., agency.

South Point area contractor Mike Finley donated labor to the project and Pickett Concrete donated concrete.

“We are ahead of the game,” Michael said. “It’s the donations that keep that house affordable. We are not going to stop at that home ownership opportunity.”

In other action the commissioners:

• Awarded bids for two surplus vehicles to Vince Sheridan for a 1992 Chevrolet truck for $500 and 1999 Jeep Cherokee to Gary Capper for $1,577.77;

• Sent to the prosecutor for review a mutual aid agreement between the EMA and the Catlettsburg Refinery;

• Accepted the resignation of Charles Daniel Herrell from full-time paramedic;

• Received proposals to install a heat pump at the county board of elections from Heaberlin for unit only at $2,380 with a five-year warranty and installation at $3,565 with a 10-year warranty and Jimmie Davis for unit only at $1,970 with two-year warranty and installation at $5,685 with five-year warranty;

• Received the weekly dog warden report where one dog was destroyed, 12 were adopted or sent to rescue and two were redeemed by owners. There was a total of 80 dogs in custody.