Supervisors approve contracts; examine costs savings

From staff and press reports

In the December 3 regular meeting, the Winston County Board of Supervisors approved several contracts and discussed cost savings in the county.

The board approved a contract with Alliance Health Center which outlined that the center would notify the county prior to the county incurring any expense.

The county has had to recently place two county inmate patients at the center at about $585 a day. The new contract has the center notify the county when the person’s medicaid or insurance runs out and also lowers the cost to $475 a day. The board approved the contract noting hopefully will not have to use much in the near future.

The board also contracted to have the county inmates at the facility cared for by the same doctor who cares for the state inmates at the prison. The contract calls for the county to pay $10,500. The supervisors discussed the cost versus emergency room and doctor visits and felt the cost savings could be as much as $50,000 a year.

In other business, the supervisors: • Discussed county road inspections by state on December 18 and 19. • Discussed plans for work on Old Hwy 25, Yellow Creek Road, and the Bluff Lake Road project. • Took bids for an excavator under advisement. • Approved agreement to raise prisoner cost from $15 a day to $25 a day for city of Louisville and Noxapater inmates. The $15 fee had been in place since 1998. • Concurred with A request by Hospital Administrator Lee McCall to send a request to the state to move from the East Central Trauma Care region to the Central Trauma Care region. McCall also updated the Supervisors on the hospital’s move to electronic records and other updates at the facility. • Approved the final list of insured items in the county with several changes if possible on some equipment no longer in use with Renasant Insurance. • Approved several demand checks. • Approved fence work at District 5 barn. • Discussed state audit and noted no significant findings but a few items that need to be addressed in how some bills and account payables are handled. In the November 19 meeting, the supervisors: • Approved two terminations, one resignation, two promotions and one rank reduction at the WCCRCF. • Approved a resignation and hiring in Justice Court office. • Approved Sheriff’s office to purchase 6 shotguns with drug seized funds. • Approved Sixteen Section lease assignment changed. • Approved $7,000 check for Alliance Health Center for drug and alcohol commitment. • Made changes in Renasant Insurance coverage. • Assigned Mike Peterson to represent supervisors at the four county economic alliance meeting on economic development. • Approved advertisement for county depository. • Approve payments for maintenance improvements at county agent?s office and Human Services Office. • Approved Taylor Machine Works request to acknowledge synthetic minor operating permit and public hearing. • Approved election commissioner attendance at conference in January. • Pay circuit court jurors. • Approve fence construction at District 5 barn. • Acknowledged county officials certification in incident command system. In the November 5 meeting, the supervisors: •Discussed with EMA director Buddy King reported on opportunities to improve Fire department ratings from 10 to 9 which could save homeowners 30 percent on insurance premiums. Insurance rating bureau rates fire districts from 1 to 10. • Discussed needs at the Louisville/ Winston County Airport. • Discussed the Lobutcha Road project which was completed as well as completition Sims Road project. Also, discussed the bridge project on Bethden which was ready for authorization and work to begin. Discussed the Yellow Creek bridge project. • Regina Higginbotham of Department of Human Services thanked the board and especially Burr Warner who has made real improvements in the DHS building. • Approved WCCRCF to hire one part time nurse. • Renewal schedule for with Renasant Insurance • Approved county tax assessor to collect Louisville and Noxapater taxes. • Approved reimbursement for training election commissioner. • Accepted fire truck from forest service. Had for a bout a year. Becomes our property now. • Approved deletions from computer maintenance plan saving the county $1184 a month.

The next regular Supervisor’s meeting is Dec. 17.