MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
CALLED MEETING HELD ON SEPTEMBER 28, 2006
The meeting was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Chairman Ferrell Henry, with Commissioners James D. Harris and Joyce C. Pheil in attendance. Others present were County Administrator Lester E. Crapse, Finance Director Sherrie Leverett, and Secretary Linda Finch. Chairman Henry gave the invocation.
APPROVE CERTIFICATE OF NEED FOR CRISP REGIONAL
Administrator Crapse reported that Crisp County Commissioners have received a copy of the Certificate of Need Application being submitted by Crisp Regional Hospital for an Intensive Care Unit expansion. He read the letter prepared for Chairman Henryís signature stating that the Board of Commissioners have viewed the Documents on September 28, 2006, and in order to continue to meet the health care needs of Crisp County residents as well as surrounding counties, the Crisp County Board of Commissioners lends itís full support to the ICU expansion project. He stated that several months ago Mr. Martin came to see Chairman Henry and himself to discuss a tentative expansion of the hospital, and at that time they didnít exactly know what it was going to be. Since that time, the Hospital Authority agreed that the best and most likely solution to getting both permission and funding was to expand the ICU in order to handle some of the overflow as opposed to adding a patient room wing to the hospital. It is a Hospital Authority and therefore, they operate independently; however because they are an Authority under the Crisp County Governing Authority, they have to have official permission to do whatever it is that they do, especially if it effects the County. In his discussions with Mr. Martin, the application may require assistance from the county in terms of matching funds, as he understands, the current application being submitted is not including any County funds, but there is a possibility that those funds would be requested in order to move the application forward. He indicated to Mr. Martin that he didnít think that would be a problem, that we could make some arrangements to do that, if this application was accepted. He thinks it is the Hospital Authorityís intention to do a General Obligation Bond to support the addition and pay for it in that manner. Again, because of the countyís relationship, we have to support through the Governing Authority as a taxing authority the issuance of those bonds. This has been done a couple of times in the past, and the county has never been asked to provide any money in support of those bonds. The hospital is solvent and able to pay their own bills, and we anticipate that will continue to be the case. He advised that whenever the Hospital proposes the bonds, the bonding attorneys will insure that we did not obligate ourselves anymore than we are legally able to do. He advised that there are three things the Hospital Authority needs from the county: 1) to support the Certificate of Need, 2) to support the submission of the Application for the ICU; and 3) to agree to support the hospital in terms of backing the General Obligation Bonds to the extent that we are legally able to do so. Charlotte Vestal from Crisp Regional reported that this addition is a solution in trying to eliminate some of the problems that they have encountered in the last nine months or so, and as far as applying for ICU beds, the state looks more favorable towards granting additional beds for ICU rather than just medical beds. The construction will add approximately 25,000 square feet to the hospital and will give them sixteen ICU beds, doubling the size they now have. She advised that the medical records area will be moved to the basement area, freeing this area up for future expansion of the x-ray department, and in the next few years they will be able to put in an MRI for the area. She advised that regarding the bond issue, the only limitation has to do with the fact that they can be bank qualified bonds, which would give them 10 to 15 basis points lower interest rate. Motion was made by Mr. Harris to give Chairman Henry the authority to sign the letter supporting the Certificate of Need for Crisp Regional Hospital, to approve the application for the additional beds, and support the county backing the bond issue to the extent necessary within the law, seconded by Mrs. Pheil, motion carried unanimously.
Administrator Crapse reported that there is a community meeting at the Resort tomorrow with regard to Darton College about continued support for Darton College and getting a campus here recognized by the Regents. He will not be able to attend this meeting, and Mrs. Pheil advised that she would go and represent the county. He reported that the power is out on Cemetery Road and will soon be out on Farmers Market Road at I-75 for reconstruction. Power will be out for a considerable amount of time, and the power commission will give the county credit for these lights on our monthly bill. Sandra McKinney will receive the B. W. Brooks Award on October 3rd for public service, and she is the first 4-H Agent to be given that honor. It is official that the Recreation Department got the Recreation Department Agency of the Year Award, and the Volunteer of the Year Award will go to Chris Greene. Also, Michael Ergle, with the Fire Department, has been selected to receive the Governorís Award of Public Safety in the fire category for saving a life last year, and there will be a ceremony for that in Forsyth on October 18th.
GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION
Motion was made by Mr. Harris to go into Executive Session to discuss potential litigation, seconded by Mrs. Pheil, motion carried unanimously.
COME OUT OF EXECUTIVE SESSION
Motion was made by Mrs. Pheil to come out of Executive Session, seconded by Mr. Harris, motion carried unanimously.
Motion was made by Mrs. Pheil to adjourn the meeting at 10:38 a.m., seconded by Mr. Harris, motion carried unanimously.