Athens Review, Athens, Texas

July 22, 2013

Impel set to go

Council gives ambulance service approval

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Athens City Council approved a final reading of an ordinance on Monday granting a non-emergency ambulance transportation franchise to Impel Ambulance service.

The one-year franchise was requested by Alicia Watkins and Sanford E. Watkins, M.D. as a means of getting patients to and from medical procedures and check-ups, such as doctor’s appointments, visits to the dialysis center, rehab facilities, the hospital and other similar locations. 

The council approved a first reading of the ordinance in April, but postponed a vote on a final reading in May after City Attorney Conor Bateman informed the Council that he spoke with Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed that the application process was ongoing and would take 30 to 60 days to complete. Impel recently received word from TDSHS that the license has been granted.

Impel plans to have an open house Aug. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1206 S. Palestine St., the location of the old Athens Chamber of Commerce building. A ribbon cutting is also planned for that day.

In other action, the council approved:

•  installation of shade awnings over bleachers at Cain Park, Phase 1, as requested by the Henderson County Girls Softball Association and Trinity Valley Community College and renewal of Property/Liability/Workers’ Compensation Insurance contract with the Texas Municipal League.