County moves forward on Weems financials

County moves forward on Weems financials

County moves forward on Weems financials

Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 12:41 PM.

After much discussion, county commissioners Tuesday moved forward with investing in steps to finance a new hospital.

In the morning session, the commissioners balked at approving a $60,000 expenditure, requested by Weems Memorial Hospital CEO Ray Brownsworth, to secure an opinion letter from BKD that would be needed to secure a loan for the new hospital.

“If we want to proceed forward with the project we have to do this,” said Brownsworth, noting that this $60,000 expenditure was $15,000 less than it would have cost two years ago.

But Commissioner Pinki Jackel led opposition to moving forward with this expenditure, stressing that it was her understanding that the commissioners has recently agreed that a $50,000 expenditure foe a feasibility study by Adams Consulting Group was their last move in this regard.

“I can support this if this is not in addition to the prior funds we already approved,” said Jackel. “Didn’t we say we had paid once and for all?

“I cannot support it because we said we were going to cap it,” she said. “I was under the understanding that we were getting the feasibility study we needed at that time for the USDA.”

By a 3-2 vote, with commissioners Noah Lockley and Smokey Parrish, the commissioners said no to approving the $60,000 expenditure at the morning meeting, asking that county officials research what had been okayed earlier.

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