Dec. 18, 2013 — Grayson Mayor George Steele echoed similar discomfort in regards to the fact there is not a present member of the city council on the board, even though they pay for the dispatching services.
“That is the No. 1 issue, No. 1 problem with 911 today,” Steele said. “It was not intended when this was set up for the fiscal court to also be the 911 board. That’s why we’re having issues.”
The recent explosion of the Grayson Somerset Oil gas station on Main Street raised concern in the council members, who said 911 in Grayson was not alerted.
“We’re not talking about politics, we’re talking about people’s lives are at stake,” Roger Dunfee said.
However, Tommy Thompson of Emergency Management said there were texts and alerts sent out after the explosion on Dec. 5 and he has documentation to verify.
A sales rep for AirEvac helicopter medical services visited the council to discuss the possibility of teaming up with their services for city employees and their families.
The fiscal court signed up for the yearly membership for its employees last month.
After a short question-and-answer period, Steele asked for the representative to return to the next council meeting with his program manager to bring back detailed information to questions posed about the coverage area in Grayson and contractual agreements.
Air Methods, the helicopter service previously based at Kentucky Christian University, was forced to move to a base in Worthington for financial reasons, which prompted public criticism.
During the discussion period, council member Duane Suttles said he felt the coverage unnecessary since existing insurance provided by the city government may already pay for flights.
Steele agreed and said he would have no problem informing individual city government employees of the services, but does not feel obligated to enroll with either entity.