July 17, 2013 — The Fiscal Court opted to table the issue until next month’s meeting. That was decided because of uncertainty about the need for a public hearing on the proposed rate hike.
E-911 director Tommy Thompson then presented the Court with two separate bills, one for emergency generators for the east and west EMS centers, and another for updated 911 equipment for improved information transfers.
The purchases were approved and the discussion turned to complaints about the ambulance service, specifically that drivers were having difficulties finding houses.
Magistrate Clifford Roe questioned Thompson about the GPS capability of the ambulances. Thompson said that the vehicles are equipped with GPS but that the maps aren’t typically updated.
“They don’t buy the update software every year which is $79. I don’t have control over whether or not they buy the update,” Thompson said.
“What’s the use of having the GPS if you aren’t going to update it? I’d say that $79 is a mighty cheap price to pay for somebody’s life,” Roe replied.
In other business, the Fiscal Court approved resolution to continue participation in the state road aid program.
Fiscal Court will hold its next regular meeting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20.
Joe Lewis can be reached at email@example.com or by telephone at 286-4201.