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A California firm will take over billing for ambulance service in Lake Township.

The township trustees Tuesday approved a resolution to contract with Health Services Integration, Inc., Santa Rosa, California, for collecting fees from ambulance runs.

Fire Chief Bruce Moritz said the change was needed after Mercy LifeStar, which provides paramedic personnel for the township’s Medic 50 ambulance, decided to end its billing service.

Under the five-year agreement with the township, Health Services Integration will receive 3.25 percent of all payments collected for Medic 50 services and ambulance runs by township personnel.

Chief Moritz said the 3.25 percent was lower than fees charged by other billing firms he researched.

There will also be less paperwork for the department with HSI handling billing, he said.


Security upgrade
In other business, the trustees approved a payment of $1,220 to McElheney Locksmiths, Inc., Toledo, for an upgrade of the security system in the township administration building.

An inside door to the portion of the building where the fiscal and zoning offices are located will be locked and is now equipped with a buzzer system.

Police Chief Mark Hummer said the new system is similar to a system in place at the police department offices.

The administration and police offices are connected by a hallway.

The township police department was one of several area departments on a “hit list” found earlier this month in Ottawa County.

The words “dead cops” were also written on the note along with the names of four persons.

The note was found Aug. 7 in Benton Township and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office alerted the departments mentioned in the note.

Chief Hummer said township police are following up on leads in the case.

One person interviewed by police has denied any knowledge of the note, he said.

 

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