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County buildings to receive AED devices for emergencies

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE – All county government facilities could soon have automated external defibrillator units.

John Cottrell, chief deputy Bullitt County Sheriff, made a presentation to fiscal court members recently.

He felt there was an opportunity and a need to have AED devices in the judicial center and the courthouse. And he agreed that the annex building also needed a device on each floor.

“If it saves one life, it’s worth it,” said Cottrell.

The units, which have become common in many public buildings, are pretty simple to operate, said Cottrell.

All sheriff’s deputies who have been through the academy have been trained in operating the devices, he added.

In looking at one vendor, the cost would be less than $14,000, an amount approved by Bullitt Fiscal Court.

Emergency Medical Services supervisor Mike Phillips said it might be best to coordinate the AED devices which are currently used by the county.

A medical director must approve the use of the devices.

If the same type of units is used, Phillips said there could be some cost-savings down the road on things such as pads and batteries, both of which must be replaced over time.

In listening to Cottrell’s presentation, Phillips said the price range sounded comparable to those utilized by the county.

Court members approved the purchase and recommended Cottrell and Phillips work together on the project.

In other business:

*The county could apply for a pair of grants offered through the Transit Authority of River City (TARC).

Planning administrator Roanne Hammond said there is two grant programs being administered by TARC for a five-county area.

One grant would deal with making facilities handicapped accessible.

Hammond said she has questioned the grant coordinator about how the money could be used.

If possible, Hammond said it might be used for things such as push button entrance at all government facility doors, for curb cuts and crosswalk markings.

Magistrate John Bradshaw said that if county facilities had to make upgrades to meet federal accessibility laws, it made sense to see if grant money might be available.

The TARC grants would be a 50 percent match by the county but that could be covered by in-kind services.

The court will make a decision on March 5 whether or not to apply for the grants.

*A rezoning request for 14 acres on Brooks Hill Road was approved.

Donald and Janell Underwood received approved to rezone property from Agricultural to R-1 Residential.

*Bids will be open on March 8 for cleanup on the Cain property in western Bullitt County.

State grant funds will be made available to cover the cost of the project.

The work must be completed by Oct. 1.

The next meeting of Bullitt Fiscal Court will be on Tuesday, March 5, at 6 p.m. at the courthouse. The public is invited. This is one of the quarterly meetings held at night.