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Council to discuss ambulance service

Decatur City Council members will meet Monday to discuss a committee's recommendation that the city switch its ambulance service provider.

Council President Billy Jackson said the 8:30 a.m. meeting on the seventh floor of City Hall will give the seven-member emergency medical services review committee an opportunity to discuss its nearly unanimous nod to Care Ambulance.

The committee notified the council in November of its scoring results, in which it ranked current provider Decatur EMS last among six competing companies.

Jackson said the council could vote on the matter as soon as January.

Chris Paschenko

Morgan board sets meeting time

The Morgan County Board of Education's monthly meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the central office. There will not be a work session.

Outgoing Superintendent Don Murphy said the meeting will focus mainly on personnel items. He said he doesn't plan to make a recommendation on a new director of secondary education at the meeting on behalf of Superintendent-elect Bob Balch.

Murphy said the school board attorney recommended that Balch make the recommendation after he takes office. The board will probably have a called meeting on Jan. 4.

Bayne Hughes

Library agency conducting survey

The Alabama Public Library Service is asking residents about how they use public libraries during an online statewide survey this month.

The survey began Dec. 8. Those interested can access it at

The survey will be available through Jan. 5, according to APLS Service Director Rebecca Mitchell. She said the agency will use the information to develop a five-year plan for the state's public libraries for 2008-12.

Ronnie Thomas

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