Ripley County Commissioners considered information regarding
the purchase of defibrillators at the regular meeting held on
Monday, November 1. Micah Mullins of Cintas demonstrated the
units ease of use and other features.
According to Mullins, the unit is lightweight and can withstand
being dropped. Although training courses are available, the
unit has the ability to walk a first time user through the procedure
of placing the pads on the patient to performing CPR if needed.
The unit can also record diagnostic information about the patient
that can be used by emergency personnel and doctors. According
to Mullins, the unit can assess a patients heart condition
within 13 seconds and then advise the user if and when to shock.
The cost will be about $99 per month per unit and includes a
monthly maintenance package. After three years, the county has
the option to continue the program at a reduced rate of $59
per month per unit. The commissioners will take the matter under
advisement for a decision at a later meeting.
A petition to vacate a portion of Base Road was received by
the commissioners. According to county attorney Neil Comer,
minutes from the October 2003 commissioner meeting showed that
the commissioners agreed to vacate that portion.
Comer noted that proper procedure was not followed and that
he advised the petitioners to approach the commissioners again
and to follow proper procedure. A hearing will be scheduled
at a future meeting to complete the process.
All commissioners were in attendance. The next meeting will
be held on Monday, November 15 beginning at 7 a.m. at the Ripley
County Garage in Osgood and reconvening at 8 a.m. at the courthouse
annex in Versailles.