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Eagle Ford: ESD No. 3 selects VFIS as insurance, bond provider
STOCKDALE -- The Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 3 commissioners have selected an insurance provider.
According to board Secretary Teri Wolff after the board’s April 15 meeting, the ESD approved VFIS of Texas as its insurance provider. Gerrie Smith, sales executive with VFIS of Texas, gave a presentation prior to the board’s decision.
Wolff said the board considered a couple of other insurance providers, but selected the Austin-based company, since VFIS serves other ESDs within the county.
VFIS was selected to provide the insurance coverage for the ESD’s directors and officers, as well as bonding for the treasurer and assistant treasurer.
Wolff also said the ESD board is close to setting a meeting with the Stockdale Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to work out a contract for the Stockdale EMS to serve as its emergency services provider. She added the Stockdale EMS is scheduled to meet with the ESD board during its May meeting.
Since the Stockdale EMS is the current provider, the ESD board does not need to go out for bids, Wolff said, based on advice from the ESD’s attorney, Ken Campbell, a partner with Burns Anderson Jury & Brenner LLP. Also, Wolff said, the bidding process was conducted by the city of Stockdale in July 2011.
At that time, the city was working to ensure emergency medical services for residents and the threat of a shutdown of the EMS was looming. Bids at that time ranged from $9,284 monthly to more than $28,000.
In other issues, the board:
•Adopted the Wilson County News as its newspaper of record.
•Selected Commerce Bank Texas as its depository bank for district accounts.
The next meeting will be Monday, May 2, at 6 p.m. in the Stockdale Economic Development Corp. office. The group has selected the first Thursday of the month for its regular monthly meetings.
In attendance: board members Lynn Ray West, August Moczygemba, Teri Wolff, and Todd Lawson; and Gerrie Smith of VFIS of Texas.
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