Haynes Ambulance is once again the emergency transporter in Elmore County after the county commission approved a new contract at Monday’s meeting.

“This process started last September,” commissioner Bart Mercer said. “We put this contract out for bid.”

Elmore County chief engineer and operations officer Richie Beyer said Haynes was the sole bidder for the service. The contract includes five ambulances serving Elmore County with one stationed in Tallassee, one in Wetumpka and the other three to be positioned in such ways to lower response times.

Mercer said he was proud to see the commission and the Elmore County EMA will get more data in this contract as it relates to response times. The contract also provides Haynes Ambulance will provide CPR training for all first responders in the county.

The Elmore County Commission welcomed the softball and girls track teams from Edgewood Academy to the meeting to recognize them for their recent state honors.

“We are continuing the commission’s efforts to recognize students and student-athletes for winning state awards,” commission chairman Troy Stubbs said.

The commission declared May as Foster Parent Appreciation Month and welcomed foster parents to the meeting to recognize them.

Elmore County Department of Human Resources director Michelle Wood said there are more than 60 children in foster care in Elmore County and more than 6,000 across the state.

Mercer wanted the commission and those in attendance to be aware 10 writers recently traveled to the area to write about the outdoor opportunities in Elmore County from the river to the lakes and hunting activities available. He also wanted everyone to know of the high school fishing tournament on Lake Jordan and the Alabama River that attracted more than 200 boats and filled area hotels and restaurants.

All of the commissioners were thankful of the service first responders during recent storms.

In other action the Elmore County Commission:

• Approved setting a public hearing at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 23 for a retail beer, retail table wine and lounge retail liquor class II package beer and liquor licenses for Lakeside Marathon on Holtville Road and Lakeside Highway Package Store.

• Approved the vacation of a portion of Nabors Circle, a dirt road. An attorney representing a landowner on Nabors Circle told the commission all adjoining property owners had no opposition to the move during a public hearing on the matter.

“I see no problem with it,” commissioner Mack Daughtery said. “There are a few more dirt roads I would like to get rid of.”

• Approved a contract extension for Syscon which is the document retention company for the probate judge’s office.

“The current contract will expire at the end of this month,” Beyer said. “This is an extension.”

• Approved warrants and purchase orders for April 18 through May 7 totaling $2,040,076.05.

• Approved the appointment of Leo Gross and Charles Turner as deputy coroners.

• Heard from Kendra Williams of the Community Action Partnership of Middle Alabama about the consolidation of the Community Action of Elmore County with the Middle Alabama organization. The commission will need to approve some changes to the bylaws of the organization and nominate someone to serve on the board of the organization.

• Approved the resignation, transfer and Family Medical Leave request for three employees.

• Was reminded the Elmore County Administrative Complex will be closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

• Was reminded Saturday, June 8 is the Countywide Cleanup Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dumpsters will be placed at the CEWSA Redland facility, Coosada Post Office, Emerald Mountain Equestrian Center, Holtville High School and the Elmore County Judicial Complex.

The next meeting of the Elmore County Commission is at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 23.