Hawkins County leaders will explore two potential remedies for its failing emergency radio system which have potential price ranges separated not only by millions of dollars in cost, but also longevity and in potential effectiveness.
On Monday, the Hawkins County Commission will be asked to approve an out of order resolution appointing an exploratory committee of medical and public safety professionals to help an ambulance franchise recipient.
With and EMS franchise decision looming, Hawkins County’s Public Safety Committee recommended that the commission appoint an EMS Exploratory Committee, preferably comprised of the same medial professionals who sat on a similar committee in 2016.
Hawkins County Mayor Jim Lee told county commissioners Wednesday he didn't see how he can justify renewing the county's $175,000 contract with Central Dispatch. But, there are far reaching consequences of not renewing that mutual aid contract.
Public Safety Committee members questioned Hawkins Co. EMS director Jason Murrell about the EMS budget for more than a half hour Thursday before voting 5-0 to recommend that the full commission approve the one-time $30,000 contribution when it meets March 26.