Osceola County officials accept EMS grant, approve central dispatch requests

REED CITY — A U.S. Department of Agriculture grant will help Osceola County EMS officials overhaul an ambulance.

According to the Osceola County Commissioners’ Consent Agenda for their board meeting on Tuesday, officials approved a $50,000 grant from the USDA for the project. As the department has done in the past, officials remount the ambulance box on a different chassis to allow for longer service of the vehicle.

In other action from Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole Meeting, commissioners authorized Meceola Central Dispatch to collect a $2.25 monthly surcharge per each device for operations. The surcharge was approved by voters in Osceola and Mecosta counties. Central dispatch officials needed surcharge approval to file the necessary paperwork with the state.

Commissioners also passed a resolution authorizing Meceola Central Dispatch to enter into acquisition and financing contracts. Central dispatch officials look to refinance a lease and add it to a new loan for software purchasing.

Officials also approved an amendment to the point of service agreement between the Commission on Aging and the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan.

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