In this Times file photo, area officials are seen near an AirEvac Lifeteam helicopter at Cullman Regional Airport.

GOOD HOPE — The City of Good Hope renewed its annual agreement with Air Evac Lifeteam Monday night to ensure that the city’s residents are covered if they have to be airlifted in a medical emergency.

As part of the agreement, the city paid Air Evac $8,975 from its alcohol fund, and every person who lives in the Good Hope city limits will be covered if they are airlifted from anywhere inside Cullman County.

Good Hope Mayor Jerry Bartlett said the city has had several people who have been covered by the agreement over the last few years, including one person last year who had a bill of more than $30,000 covered after being airlifted.

“We’re happy with the service, and I know that our citizens who have had to use this are excited and ecstatic that it’s saved them that kind of money,” he said. “It’s just been really, really helpful for those folks.”

The council also set a date of April 4 for a public event to encourage residents to participate in the 2020 Census. 

Councilwoman Susan Eller said Alabama is at risk of losing a congressional seat if turnout is not high among the state’s residents, and the amount of federal funding for the next 10 years will also be determined by the census.

“Every person that’s counted brings in around $1,600 in federal money,” she said. 

To help ensure that all of Good Hope’s residents are counted, the city will be hosting its event at Municipal Park on April 4, which is also the opening day for the city’s baseball season, Eller said. 

The event will have paper forms and computers for everyone to complete the census using either method, and state grants have helped purchase several prizes that will be given away to encourage people to be counted. 

The census will begin on March 12, and anyone who has already completed the census online before the event can also log in to show they have already participated and be entered for a prize, she said.

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