The Limestone County Commission passed a resolution Monday requesting to have all dispatch ambulance services provided by Athens-Limestone Hospital and its ambulance service.

The Athens City Council was set to vote on the same resolution last week, but council members Harold Wales and Jim Hickman asked to table the issue.

County Administrator Pam Ball said issues occasionally arise with private ambulance services competing with the nonprofit hospital. She said though the commission can’t dictate where E-911 dispatches ambulance calls, the resolution was a formal request to change the service because the hospital already receives an annual appropriation from the county.

Elsewhere, the commission passed a resolution to sign 30-year lease agreements on five pieces of property for community storm shelters, pending federal funding. Details of the lease say it can be renewed for additional five-year terms. Ball said the county won’t pay any money as part of the agreements.

The five locations to be leased include:

• Wooley Springs Baptist Church, located at 26069 Alabama 251 in Elkmont;

• Ark of Promise Church, located at 15199 Brownsferry Street in Athens;

• Oak Grove Thatch Volunteer Fire Department, located at 27712 McKee Road in Toney;

• Owens Volunteer Fire Department substation, located at 17210 Glaze Road in Athens; and

• Little Ezekiel Missionary Baptist Church, located at 16439 Lindsay Road in Tanner.

In other business, the county:

• Approved a grant to provide communications equipment to county agencies. The Department of Homeland Security will pay 75 percent ($27,179) of the grant, with the county providing a 25 percent match ($9,059.67);

• Awarded a bid of $22,137.33 to Holiday Enlightenment for holiday decorations;

• Awarded a bid of $28,587.65 to Long-Lewis Ford of the Shoals for a new mid-size sport-utility vehicle;

• Changed the speed limit on Shaw Road from Douglas Drive to U.S. 72 to 55 mph; and

• Approved resurfacing 1.6 miles of Bridgeforth Road to Settle Road at a cost of $179,000.

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