The Bastrop Board of Alderpersons voted to allow Mayor Henry Cotton to enter into an agreement with Onsolve, LLC to provide emergency notifications to citizens using voice, email or text message at its regular meeting held August 9.

The service, which costs around $2,800, was first discussed several months ago following local day care owner Lois Jordan addressing the board with concerns of dangerous situations occurring, such as an active shooter, and not being informed which could place the children in her care in harm’s way. At this same meeting, Morehouse Community Medical Center CEO Katie Parnell pledged to pay $1,200 toward the cost of the instillation of the service.

During Thursday’s discussion, Ted Parker of Med-Life Ambulance pledged to provide $1,500 toward the cost, with Parnell stating they will pay the remaining $100.

Information about the service may be found by visiting the company’s website at

A resolution to enter into a franchise contract with Med-Life EMS, Inc. was also approved. This contract authorizes Med-Life to operated as an emergency medical transportation provider in Bastrop.

Janet Butcher McClain was appointed to the Bastrop Planning and Zoning Commission and Bastrop teen Alyssa Dismuke, was recognized by the Mayor and Board as a Young Hero. Dismuke is ranked No. 8 in the United States in the shot-put and recently participated in a Student Leadership Summit at Johns Hopkins University.