During the Union County Board of Supervisors meeting held Monday, July 28, the board received a visit from Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County Chief Executive Officer James Huffman. He came before the board to talk about the hospital’s annual income. He stated that for each year, the hospital’s income was reinvested back into the hospital.
Huffman then spoke about the growing need for increased Medicaid funding for the state of Mississippi.
“There is a $90 million shortfall in Medicaid funding. Seventy percent of the babies born in Union County are covered by Medicaid,” said Huffman.
Huffman went on to talk about the Public Health Service Commission’s 340D program. This program allows for hospitals and clinics to provide care for indigent people.
Huffman said a grant is needed for this program, but it will make possible a discounted price on pharmaceuticals.
Following Huffman, Dennis Rakestraw, tax assessor and collector for Union County, approached the board with his requests. He asked the state tax commission to remove homestead exemption accounts, stated that the appraisers from the tax assessors office were recertified, announced that there is a list of car tags surrendered for the month of June and requested a petition for reduction of assessment from the real roll.
Next on the agenda was Union County Engineer Hubert Foley. He put the map and descriptions of the Kingston Ridge subdivision on the county road register. Also, Serenity Lane, Sweetgum Drive, Hickory Ridge Drive and Springfield Drive will all be changed to county road names.
The board then approved the part-time employment of Sammy “Red” Nowlin as the new transport officer for the New Albany Sheriff’s Department.
The board also approved the County Election Commissioners claim form, the approval for the medical examiner fees, the solid waste correction register and the petition for Wayne Wilhite.
Wilhite is the fourth district election commissioner. He needs a petition signed that includes signatures that will allow him to be placed on the November 4 ballot.
The board then gave the floor to Steve Coker, Union County Fire Coordinator. Coker came to the board with a resolution to apply for matching funds for the volunteer Northeast Fire Department.
Following Coker, Stanley Wise, director for the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said, “It’s fair time again.”
He handed out 2008 Union County fair schedules to all of the supervisors and encouraged everyone to attend the fair. The theme is ‘Barnyard Beach Party’. He also told the board that he appreciated the support that the board has given to the fair.
Union County Development Association director Stephen Surles requested an approval of matching funds for a $4,400 fiddling competition grant.
The last item on the agenda was the purchase of a new garbage truck for the county. Under the emergency statute 31713, the board can purchase a new garbage truck with the bed already installed for $120,650. The truck is from the Sanson Equipment Company and is a 2008 International truck with a leach 20-yard rear loader. The board also requested a letter being sent that says the truck will have guaranteed delivery in 30-45 calendar days. The board approved the letter and the new garbage truck.