page 1. County owns the asset known as the Glen Rose hospital. It had previously leased it to the Glen Rose Medical Foundation. Foundation said it wasn\'t financially able to continue to operate the hospital. Lease got reassianged to the Somervell County Healthcare Authority. Lease is a buck a year. Lease for SCHA is for 5 years (Section 1.02 a) SCHA has to operate the premises as a hospital. SCHA has to get county approval for borrowing more than 50,000 (and they did that last week). Finally spelled out in Section 5.03 that the cash reserves can only be used certain things. A little history in Section 5.04. SCHA will operate the Hospital without the intervention of private profit. Section b is about those Certificates of Obligation. "Under the terms of the Lease of the HOspital to the Foundation, the Foundation was obligated to reimburse the County for the debt service paid by the County... (Would have been 750,000 per year for over 30 years.) The County will not seek or require reiumbursement for the County\'s debt service on the existing Certificates of Obligation from the SCHA .....
This represents the new agreement after Somervell County created the Somervell County Healthcare Authority and the Glen Rose Medical Foundation transferred its rights to the SCHA. It appears to me, from page 4, that all previous business records, including (section 9) financial are no longer the property of GRMF but become SCHA\'s and thus are available for public information requests. There is a reference on these pages to the Glen Rose Healthcare Inc, which we know of as the 501a entity for doctors (section 2.4.1). 2.42.
It is intended that the current Management Personnel of the Hospital/Foundation remain in place after the transition. Section 2.11 talks about the *hold-back* money, whichiis part of the reason the SCHA is getting an auditor in for the 3 months when the Foundation was in transition, before January 2010. Here\'s video from December 2009 about what the holdback is.
I had wondered, and still have a few questions, about Pecan Plantation, partially answered in section 3. "Assignment of Clinic Leases- Foundation shall assigne the leases/subleases related to the Clinic. .. What I don\'t know is who is the landlord? Who owns the clinic building? In the details breakdown on the contract reassignements there are property deed descriptions for Holden Street, but nothing at all about the building at Pecan Plantation. Anybody know who owns it?
Pecan Plantation Medical Center is located in Hood County and it is affiliated with Glen Rose Medical center.
See: http://www.glenrosemedicalcenter.com/pecan/index.html It also shares at least one of it's Doctors (ie. Julia Hutchinson) with the GRMC hospital in Glen Rose. So why do the taxpayers in Somervell County pay administration fees etc. for Pecan Plantation, and did Somervell County take over the clinic in Hood County when they became a 'Hospital Authority'?
And why won't the Somervell County Commissioners release all the information regarding the payouts of the !4.5 million dollars in bonds from May 8, 2008 through September 2009? If I were a taxpayer in Somervell County I would be asking and demanding accountability from the judge and the commissioners. Remember, back in May of 2008 the money was allegedly turned over to Gary Marks. Then when the county attorney (Hankins) and Mike Ford and Judge Maynard realized they could NOT lend county funds to a private individual, (according to the Texas Constitution), then all of a sudden they started scrambling to become a "hospital authority" to cover their butts. In other words they are trying to turn back the clock and rewrite history to make everything legal in the eyes of the voters and try to pacify them by raising taxes and shoving the hospital bond right down the taxpayers throats. Are the taxpayers really that naive?
Somebody needs to cry "fowl" and demand accountability. Who wrote the checks for the first phase of the hospital building, (ie. the emergency room, and the helicopter pad, etc.) in 2008 and 2009? And why won't the commissioners release that information to the public? Especially since they say the are and have always been in control of the 14.5 million dollars?
@Jo- On Pecan Plantation. As noted in the excerpt I posted above, Pecan Plantation property was not listed in the packet of assigned or amended leases, etc. The address for the clinic is 2800 Village Rd, Granbury. The Hood County Appraisal district shows that Pecan Plantation Properties Inc is the owner of the property. From the official Glen Rose newspaper, the Glen Rose Reporter, week of March 10, 2010., p A4 from Kathryn Jones. "... Glen Rose Medical Center has a restrictive covenant with Pecan Plantation to provide its only medical clinic. That means that Lake Granbury cannot come in there and also offer medical services to residents of Pecan, some of whom are wealthy retirees..... Glen Rose Medical Center couldn't operate without the revenues it generates from Hood County." (Of course, Glen Rose Medical Center couldn't operate without the taxpayer subsidies that it asks for, including this recent 300,000). Judge Maynard told me the other day " According to the lease with GRMF, all contracts will come over to the SCHA. I think that they are reviewing them at this time". Therefore, whatever the contract or agreement was that Glen Rose Medical Foundation had with Pecan Plantatiion is now being reviewed-would be interesting to get a copy of that agreement. We noticed on the check register for January from SCHA that there are two payments to Pecan Plantation.
I would expect that the second amount is the monthly lease payment for the building that Pecan Plantation Properties owns, will be verified when we next get a check register from SCHA.
On your second comment about the county commissioners. I don't think the commissioners are holding anything back, I think it's that people have not ASKED to see, for example, a listing of all checks and the totals paid in with balances, etc. I could be wrong-if anyone reading this has gotten this information through public information requests, do post about it. I know I have not. There's a semantic problem with what you're saying about May of 2008. The problem is that when the Certificates of Obligation were first to be brought up in a public hearing, the notice said that the money was to be LOANED to the Glen Rose Medical Foundation which dba at that time was the Glen Rose Medical Center (Heck, Commissioner Mike Ford didn't understand that this was being done). In fact, that's the reason, as was stated to the County Commissioners when they had their meeting with Southwest Securities, that a public hearing HAD to be held, per IRS rules.(TEFRA). LISTEN to the audio from that meeting, a little edited on this link but the whole audio here. (Also recall that, although there was to be no action on that date, and the TEFRA hearing had not yet been held, Mike Ford moved to go ahead on the Certificates, even though the public had not had a chance to weigh in whether they WANTED taxpayer money going on loan to a private entity.) However, the money STAYED in an account with the commissioners. (I was not at the hospital authority meeting in which Maynard expressed shock about the monies, so can't speak to that, plus only 45 minutes of that meeting was recorded by the SCHA). What didn't stay in a seperate account at the hospital end, as the commissioners had expected, were the repayment monies per the lease that was to come BACK to the county to pay back their obligations under the amended lease-the Foundation used those monies for operating expenses.
Glen Rose Reporter Nov 13, 2008- Remember that first Mark's petition tried to set a cap of 75 cents per 100 in property valuation till someone, Jerry Lee, connected with Luminant, griped and the petition was withdrawn. You can read about THAT in the Reporter on Nov 20 2008j
So I don't agree with you that the commissioners are trying to rewrite history to cover their butts. They may be trying to cover their butts for other things, like the money that was supposed to be paid back for the lease payment. I have no way of knowing whether Maynard was doing a Casablanca style "I'm Shocked! Shocked to Find Out Gambling Goes On Here" when the shortage showed up at the first SCHA meeting or whether he genuinely expected that the hospital was doing their due diligence and NOT spending that repayment money for operating expenses. For myself, I figured once the Atuhority was in the works, all that money for that 14.5 milion was going to be solely the taxpayer responsbility with nobody paying it back but us. And in fact, that's what that document I have linked in the post above says. All us, baybee.
So, again, I don't think that the commissioners are waffling or stonewalling about that money. No one from the public has asked. .. yet. And if, as you're saying, the money actually WAS with the Glen Rose Medical Foundation, rather than Somervell County, that would probably be available to verify, since all records from the Foundation, including past ones, are now public records as part of the SCHA. For me, at this point, i'm taking Maynard at face value-one reason is that the commissioners HAD To, as part of the CO agreement, be able to cover the payments themselves and budget for it.
One more thing on Pecan Plantation. As noted the other day, SCHA went to the commissioners to ask them to up the 50,000 borrowing limit that the SCHA can do. Reason is that they want to add another doctor to the Pecan Plantation clinic AND do some improvements, presumbably internal buildouts to the building that Pecan Plantation Inc owns in order to add another waiting room, etc. One presumes that any changes to the agreement they have with Pecan Plantation would have to be renegotiated but it would, I think, be done, not at the county commissioner level, but between SCHA and Pecan Plantation. As I said, they DID have to ask for the ceiling to be raised. But consider this. If for any reason the SCHA was unable to cover the bank loan they are going to get, who's on the hook??? Point that finger back at the Somervell taxpayer, please. The SCHA didn't want to directly ask for money from the county and wants it to be a loan, but that does presume that the SCHA pays it back. Here, incidentally, is an Attorney General opinon about a hospital authority and clinics operating outside the county.
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