Commission Accepts Bids For New Ambulances And Heart Monitors, Approve Budget Amendments

The Fentress Co. Commission met in regular monthly session on Monday, January 19, 2015 in what was busy but rather short meeting.

With all members present, the meeting was called to order by County Executive J. Michael Cross, followed by the presentation of Colors by the Clarkrange JROTC Color Guard, the Pledge to the Flag by CHS student Tanner Stockton, and opening prayer by CHS student Zach Hull.

After approval of notaries and the minutes of the previous session, the commission accepted the low bid of $232,856  from Medix Specialty Vehicles for two new ambulance units, and a bid from Zoll Medical Corp of $52,518 for two heart monitors which will be installed in the new ambulance units.

Amanda Mainord, grant writer with Grassroots Planning & Consulting, reported that both these projects were made possible by funding through a CDBG grant.

The total grant amount was $339,000, with the county’s share being $24,000.  Ms. Mainord reported that there ws still approximately $61,000 in grant funds which can be spent on ambulance equipment.

This was unanimously approved on a motion by Commissioner Larry Cooper.

Next, Commissioner Jimmy Johnson made a motion to approve a resolution asking the TSSAA to appeal York Institute’s suspension from post-season play, after which they approved the establishment of a Risk Management Committee appointed by the County Executive.

That committee will be composed of Administrative Assistant Amanda Hicks, County Attorney Leslie Ledbetter, E-911 Director Richard Cross, Jail Administrator Candy Norman, and Finance Department Director Marsha Delk.  This committee will act as a compliance committee to oversee all other committees.

They then approved the official county road list as presented by Highway Supervisor Scott Norris, with all commissioners voting for except Jeff Green, who passed.

Executive Cross then announced that there had been discussion cncerning a request to expand the hours of the Veterans’ Service Officer from four to five days a week, but due to budget constraints, no changes would be made at this time, with the matter to be given further consideration at budget time.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.