By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
Nov. 20, 2013 — Carter Fiscal Court agreed Tuesday to buy a subscription service for the air evacuation of county employee and their families in medical emergencies.
The company has helicopters based in Ironton, Ohio, and Inez that would be utilized in the event of major trauma requiring rapid transportation to a hospital.
Fiscal Court unanimously voted to provide transport coverage for county employees and members of their households at the cost of $65 per year per household.
The service is expected to cost the county a total of $5,525 yearly for its 85 employees.
Fiscal Court also unanimously voted to allot $2,000 to support the East Kentucky Foothills Agro-Tourism Corporation (FEAT) in its endeavor to increase tourism in Carter County.
County Attorney Patrick Flannery indicated that a contract would need to be prepared to finalize the transaction as FEAT is a private, non-profit organization.
In other business, Sheriff Casey Brammell presented an amended budget outlining a small decrease in overall revenues because the state chose not to renew its contract for lake patrol services.
The Court unanimously approved the amendment along with the monthly claims and financial statements, including a 9.6 percent increase in health insurance premiums for the upcoming year.
A $10,560 bid by King Creek Drilling to perform work on old KY 7 also was unanimously accepted.
Carter Fiscal Court will hold its next monthly meeting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, in Room 201 of the County Courthouse.
Joe Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 286-4201.