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Savings on Inmate Medical Reported to Commissioners

Published May 16, 2012 @ 11:33 a.m.

The Garza County Commissioners’ Court met in a regular meeting Monday, May 14.

Brandy Fannon, contract administrator/medical filing of county jail inmate medical filings explained that there were 16 claims in April for a total amount of $7533.80.  Because the county now pays the indigent or Medicaid rates due to a recent resolution, the actual cost was $1876.45 for a net savings of $5657.35.  April was the first month that this new filing procedure was in place. 

Referring to this new procedure for handling medical expense for jail inmates, Garza County Judge Lee Norman said, "In the County Commissioners' efforts to manage county funds, we are very happy to have found this opportunity to save taxpayer's money."      

The Court appointed Trevor Thuett to the Garza County Public Facilities Corporation board of directors, filling a vacancy created by the resignation of Bob Macy.  The other members of the board are:  Drew Kirkpatrick, Janie Lopez, Victor Ashley and Curtis Hudman.

The Court approved two proclamations by Garza County: recognizing May 1 as Loyalty Day; celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Post Masonic Lodge.  The Commissioners also approved two resolutions that will be presented to the next state legislature, one regarding the Count Road Repair program and another relating to treatment of mental health patients who are left in county jail facilities when mental health facilities are full.
  
Two applications for public assistance were considered by the Court.  County Attorney Mike Munk was not available for guidance; however, Judge Norman reported that Munk indicated that one applicant were not eligible for assistance according to established county guidelines.  However, the Commissioners voted to approve both requests “pending the review and qualification approval by the attorney and the judge”; one in the amount of $75 and one for $175.

Judge Norman and Commissioner Benham met with architects Parkhill, Smith and Cooper last week regarding the Heating and Cooling Project for the courthouse and suggested changes to the blueprints.

Minutes from the April 23, 2012 regular meeting were approved as presented; precinct and countywide accounts payable for April 24, 2012 through May 14, 2012. 

The following items of information were brought before the Court as a written report or for discussion: Clerk; Tax Collector/Assessor; Senior Transportation; AgriLife Extension/Greg Jones; AgriLife Extension/Nancy McDonald; Garza County Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2008 Bond, Reserve and Construction Funds; Garza County Public Facility Corporation Taxable Project Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2012 Bond, Reserve and Project Funds; Rental, Operating, Surplus, Cost of Issuance and Escrow Accounts; Garza County Combination Public Facility Corporation Project Revenue Refunding Bond Funds, Series 2005. 

Commissioner Ted Brannon reported on the recent meeting of the Emergency Medical Service board.  No action was taken, but the EMS board is considering selling the oldest ambulance, hiring a collection agency and to eventually hire personnel to respond to emergency calls during the day time since it is difficult for volunteers to respond during that time.  Three line item transfers and one budget amendment were approved.

The next Commissioners' Court meeting will be Thursday, May 24, 9 a.m.  The meeting was moved from the usual 4th Monday meeting date due to the Memorial Day Holiday on May 28.

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