October 15th , 2013 10:00 am Leave a comment

Shocking costs under discussion at committee meeting

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The most recent task the Carter County Budget Committee has been asked to complete is a shocker.

Photo by Danny DavisCommissioner Jo Ann Blankenship urges the Budget Committee to seek funding for placement of AEDs in the courthouse and courthouse annex.

Photo by Danny Davis
Commissioner Jo Ann Blankenship urges the Budget Committee to seek funding for placement of AEDs in the courthouse and courthouse annex.

County Commissioner and Health and Welfare Committee Chairperson Jo Ann Blankenship said each commissioner should have received a letter from the Carter County Election Commission urging them to install Automated External Defibrillators — or AEDs — in public facilities.

Last Monday, the Health and Welfare Committee unanimously approved installing one AED in the Carter County Courthouse and another in the Courthouse Annex.

At the budget committee’s monthly meeting Monday night, Blankenship said it is the responsibility of the budget committee members to figure out how to pay for the project.

“There are two of them, so we are looking at about $4,000,” said Ingrid Deloach, county finance director.

Certain features included in the wall-mounted AEDs, which Blankenship said are made by ZOLL, reduce the amount of decision-making required while someone may be attempting to save a life.

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