A new ambulance station for one local county has taken another step forward.
Recently, the Perry County Council voted to approve up to 20 thousand dollars in funding for a new ambulance station at the county highway garage. The garage would have to have improvements made to it to accommodate the ambulance.
Now back at the end of last month, the Perry County Commissioners voted to approve the funding for the improvements to the county garage. The money would be taken from the county’s economic development income tax (EDIT) fund. The issue dates back to February of 2012 when rural county residents tried to get the commissioners to put an ambulance at the highway department garage, citing a previous understanding with the county that there would be an ambulance put there when the garage was done. The garage was originally built back in 2000.
Currently, paramedics are dispatched to the northern part of the county from a building located next to the current Perry County Memorial Hospital in Tell City. Some have estimated as much as 20 to 30 minutes could be saved by housing an ambulance at the county highway garage.