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EMS, Katy Trail project on Denison agenda

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DENISON, Texas -- A new nature trail and public safety are two of the items on Monday's Denison City Council agenda.

Since September, Denison Fire Rescue has been outsourcing staffed paramedics while they train new recruits with the private organization, LifeNet EMS.

Chief Gregg Loyd said his department has been working since then to finalize their contract.

"The decision tonight is actually to accept the formal contract that was worked out in the months since we've been operating under the MOU [memorandum of understanding]. Nothing will change," Loyd said.

Although the partnership with LifeNet will eventually come to an end, Denison's fire department has not only gained staff, but also new ways to handle DMS services.

"They are a private organization, and they do EMS delivery a little differently than a public entity," Loyd said. "So we've actually been able to learn some things from them and look at the way they operate and pick up some tips to some things we might implement to make our service better."

Another mark on the city's agenda is the Katy Trail project. The city will work this project in phases, and Phase One is a 12 foot concrete trail between Day Street and Loy Lake Road.

"We had our bid-letting in September, and we are expecting that award to be announced any day now," said Denison Parks and Recreation assistant director Kimberly Bowen. "Then we will be going to a pre-construction meeting in the next few weeks."

The main focus of the Katy Trail project is connecting people to downtown Denison, just as the old railroad right of way once did.

"Denison is naturally beautiful, and a lot of it is hidden in areas that are not accessible," Bowen said. "This trail is going to open that up and make it more accessible so that we can get out and really just enjoy our natural beauty of this community."

Construction is expected to start in December. The city has already applied for funding for Phase Two of the trail project.


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