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Items tabled by Wilmer City Council until July 6 meeting

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Ellis County Press
WILMER - The Wilmer City Council did, in fact, hold regular session Thursday night, June 15 in front of a small audience at the community center.

However, as one citizen whispered, citizens would have to wait until the next meeting to learn of decisions concerning several agenda items.

Two items were tabled by a unanimous vote until the next regular scheduled session set for Thursday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the community center, located behind the police station on Belt Line Road.

The city council took a wait-and-see attitude on another agenda item from the recent meeting.

Tabled were lease/purchase of a new ambulance and selling of the old fire truck.

Council members agreed to have Tom Lauer, acting police chief, form a committee of citizens to look into a possibility of Dallas County Sheriff's Department officers to perform traffic management services on Interstate 45 within the corporate city limits of Wilmer.

The city's current ambulance is 10 years old and experiencing transmission problems.

A new ambulance was said to cost a total amount of $86,780, including a new stretcher, if paid in full - $120,000 including interest if paid on an installment plan.

Stretchers alone were said to run anywhere between $5,000 and $10,000.

Council member Billy Wickliffe asked if a new ambulance could be purchased with Community Development Block Grant funds, which are issued by the County of Dallas to all cities within the county.

Crystol Birdwell, city secretary for Wilmer, said she would check into the possibility of CDBG funds being used to purchase an ambulance.

Mayor Pro-Tem Don Hudson made the motion to table 'consider selling the old fire truck.'

Hudson also made the motion Lauer put together a committee to look at possible 'acceptance of resolution to allow the Dallas County Sheriff's Office to perform traffic management services on I-45 within the corporate city limits of Wilmer' and put together a recommendation to have at the next council meeting.

A DCSO representative said the agreement, if approved by the Wilmer City Council, would be for one year from the time of approval. He said they felt they would be viable by January 2001.

He gave reasons for the coordination between city and county law enforcement officers.

'Air is so bad, to keep traffic moving, to help with air quality, with more lanes there's going to be increased traffic,' he said. 'The ones committing the offenses out there are going to pay for it. They city's going to have first choice if they want to work an accident or crime. We're going to coordinate with the city. The city can continue enforcement on the freeway.'

'The agreement looks good,' Lauer said. 'Our officers feel the same way. We'd like to get off the freeway for revenue altogether sooner or later. They [DCSO officers] have been real good so far.'

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