County approves first ARPA purchase

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Holmes County commissioners approved the purchase of medical equipment for Doctors Memorial Hospital (DMH) when the Board of County Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday.

The county earmarked $404,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds in August 2021 for the purchase of medicinal storage equipment and software which will allow DMH to store medicines and vaccines in a temperature-controlled environment.  

Commissioners also gave Holmes County Emergency Medical Services (HCEMS) the greenlight to apply for a grant through the Florida Department of Health which would pay for CPR mannequin kits. The kits will be used by HCEMS and the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office in a joint effort to teach local high school students how to safely perform CPR.

In other business, motorists will soon see speed bumps placed on Coursey Road and Adolf Whitaker Road. Commissioners agreed to pay $3,400 to Tri-State Striping, Inc. to complete the project in response to ongoing complaints of speeding in the area. Commissioners say the speed bumps will be made to not shift over time and will be paid for out of the board contingency fund.

Holmes County Board of County Commissioners will meet again in regular session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 7.

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