May 28th , 2013 17:38 pm Leave a comment

County, rescue squad reach apparent deal for services

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On Tuesday night, County Commission Chairman Tom Bowers announced that he had struck a tentative agreement on a four-year contract with the Carter County Emergency and Rescue Squad.

The county Budget Committee will vote Thursday on a contract with the rescue squad to continue operations for $170,000 a year.

The contentious negotiations for rescue services between the commission and the rescue squad began months ago, first with the squad’s administrators announcing that the not-for-profit company needed at least a four-year commitment from the county to continue providing expensive search-and-rescue, vehicle crash scene response and hazardous materials cleanup.

The county rejected the initial offer, but after securing a four-year deal with Elizabethton, the rescue squad came back with an offer for one year of service at a cost of $225,000.

With a July 1 deadline looming, the two parties appear to have reached an agreement, but the first vote will come during Thursday night’s meeting of the Budget Committee.

For full details, read Wednesday’s edition of the STAR.

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