County debates defibrillator purchase

NORWICH – The fate of a defibrillator for the Chenango County Office Building rests in the hands of the full Board of Supervisors.

A ruling requested from the county attorney’s office indicated potential liability to the county whether the estimated $2,300 device was on hand or not, and confirmed that insurance premiums would not be affected, either.



Chenango County is not legally required to have a defibrillator in its office building on Court Street because it is within the mandated proximity to an emergency ambulance service. A discussion about obtaining one has been going on and off for years.

Two committees last week approved Public Health Director Marcas Flindt’s request for two devices, one for the nursing office on the building’s first floor and one designated for the West Main Street Office complex being built across the street. The number was slashed, however, in a meeting of the Finance Committee upon opposition by the supervisor from Pharsalia.


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