Supes make decisions on hospital options, CDBG grant

Supes make decisions on hospital options, CDBG grant By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw

Maxey Peterson with Pryor & Morrow discussed with the Choctaw County Board of Supervisors, in the March 12 meeting, brick options for the new hospital and other related items.
The supervisors approved to use the Burlington brick only for approximately $52, 480 for the new hospital. The cost is included in the construction contract. The board also approved to omit a courtyard for the new hospital, saving $4,700 and to omit sheetrock and insulation above the ceiling/interior walls at the new medical office building, saving $6,000.
On a different matter, the board heard a presentation from Diana Atkins with United Healthcare and Alan Gordman with Gordman Insurance. She presented a health insurance quote for the county employees and an overview of their services. No action was taken at this time.
The board opened bids for District 2 to sell a used backhoe. David Griggs won the bid with $8,200. Other bidders were Dixie Surplus $6,778, Carolyn Vowell $7,550 and Glen Parkerson $5,728.
Phyllis Benson and Patsy Patterson, both with the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District, were at the meeting to discuss any possible 2012 CDBG grants for the county. Benson explained that the 50/50 grant program has a $600,000 maximum limit, that all matching funds must be in place shortly after application deadline and that 51 percent of the population for the grant area must be low income.
Coyt Hunt with the Reform Water Association was present to ask the supervisors to apply for the CDBG grant on their behalf. The water association expects their project to be around $3.5 million and is applying for a different grant for the required matching funds. Hunt said the water association would not be ready for the CDBG grant until 2013.
Patterson asked the supervisors if they wanted to apply for the CDBG grant to build a new health department building as the Mississippi Department of Health previously requested. They expect that project to cost $750,000.
“We just can’t take that on financially right now,” said McIntire citing expenses from the current hospital and the construction of the new hospital and medical office building.  
The Board of Supervisors also approved:
Inventory deletions
Advertisement of Homestead notice in the newspaper
To issue pay warrants to Pryor & Morrow for design fees for $32,429 on the medical office building and $286,826 on the new hospital. These payments will come from the bonds.
To pay invoices from Pryor & Morrow totaling $7,000 for work on the Energy Grant to be paid with grant funds.
To pay invoices from Watkins & Eager Law Firm for $130,000 for legal fees through December 31, 2011.
For Steve Wright, board attorney, to write a letter of termination of services to United First (uniforms).
The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors will meet Friday, March 30 at 9 a.m. in the board room at the Choctaw County Courthouse.