Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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November 19, 2013

Copter service OK'd for Carter workers

GRAYSON — The Carter County Fiscal Court approved a motion to enroll in Air Evac Lifeteam emergency medical services, granting membership to county employees and their households for one fiscal year.

Michael Walker spoke on behalf of Air Evac, asking the court to consider different plans that could benefit Carter County, such as 15-minute response times for emergency helicopters flying out of Ironton and no out-of-pocket flight expenses when being transported to the nearest medical facility.

The membership plan decided on by the court totaled $65 for each Carter employee, which will includes anyone residing in his or her household at the time of enrollment.

When a court member posed possibilities of employees abusing the service, for instance with frequent nonemergency calls, Walker assured a trained medical professional has to first verify the emergency situation before deploying copters to a site.

“This is a win-win for the county and our workers,” Judge-Executive Charles Wallace said.

Also in new business, Gayle Clevenger, director of Eastern Kentucky Foothills Eco-Agri Tourism, appealed to the court for financial support to assist the business-boosting program servicing Elliott, Carter, Morgan, Menifee and Wolfe counties.

The goal of the program is to promote small-business development and tourism in the region to improve local economies.

Grace Ramey, FEAT representative to Carter County, said the program is particularly interested in helping local farmers re-enter the market by helping them grow and preserve their own produce and sell it to schools and restaurants.

The court made a motion to consider entering into a contract with FEAT, which would give the program up to $2,000, as is required to help it match the $10,000 it is applying for.

The court also approved Sheriff Casey Brammell’s budget amendments, decreasing the total by $8,000.

Cuts were seen in part-time salaries, workers’ compensation, K-9 expenses, occupational fees and prisoner transportation.

The October financial report and November claims and add-ons were passed, with the cost of health insurance for county workers increasing 9.6 percent, 6 percent automatically increasing under the Affordable Care Act.

An executive session was called for court members during which Roger Haney vs. Carter County Fiscal Court updates were discussed, along with potential litigation between the court and personnel.

Resolution 206 was corrected to add Sunset Hill in Grayson to the list of rural roads.

King Creek Drilling offered the court a bid of $10,560 for its collaboration on a project on Ky. 7, which the court accepted.

LANA BELLAMY can be reached at lbelllamy@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653.

 

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