Commissioners Court of Somervell County met in a special meeting at 9:30 a.m. on the above date with all Commissioners present. County Judge Walter Maynard presided.
Special Meeting - 1 - October 18, 2010
SOMERVELL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT
SPECIAL MEETING COUNTY ANNEX
OCTOBER 18, 2010
DISCUSSION ON AGENDA ITEMS
1. CITIZEN COMMENTS: None
MOTIONS ON AGENDA ITEMS
1. Motion was made by Commissioner Ford and seconded by Commissioner Wirt to approve an ingress-egress agreement for 0.48 acres to build a spur road off CR 2008 (Fossil Rim) and allow the Judge to sign. Motion carried. All voting aye.
2. Motion was made by Commissioner Wirt and seconded by Commissioner Barnard to reject the GRMC Nursing Home Roof Project bids; the GRMC Hospital Roof Project bids; and the Joint Sealant/EFIS Project bids. Motion carried. All voting aye.
3. Motion was made by Commissioner Barnard and seconded by Commissioner Wirt to reject all bids for Crushed Stone. Motion carried. All voting aye.
4. Motion was made by Commissioner Ford and seconded by Commissioner Cummings approve advertising and specs for sealed bids for Crushed Stone; bids due at 5 p.m. on November 5 2010, to be opened at 9:30 a.m. on November 8, 2010. Motion carried. All voting aye.
5. Motion was made by Commissioner Ford and seconded by Commissioner Cummings to approve allowing CareFlite to sell memberships in Somervell County. Motion carried. All voting aye.
6. Motion was made by Commissioner Wirt and seconded by Commissioner Barnard to approve providing CareFlite Air Ambulance membership for each county employee effective November 18, 2010 and allow the Judge to sign. Motion carried. All voting aye.
7. Motion was made by Commissioner Barnard and seconded by Commissioner Ford to approve the Indigent Defense Resolution and allow the Judge to sign. Motion carried. All voting aye.
8. Motion was made by Commissioner Cummings and seconded by Commissioner Ford to approve a step-grade 12 for Personnel Manager/Loss Control Coordinator. Motion carried. All voting aye.
Motion was made by Commissioner Ford and seconded by Commissioner
Cummings to move:
9. $1,500 from Personnel Salary #424-102 to Personnel Printing #424-435;
10. $90 from JP Part Time #413-105 to JP Premium Pay #413-140;
11. $500 from Cap Imp’s Eq/Furn #450-570 to Tax A/C Eq/Furn #406-570;
12. $5 from Commissioner’s Office Part Time #435-105 to Commissioner’s Office Premium Pay #435-140; and
13. $3800 from Cap Imp’s Eq/Furn #450-570 to JP Eq/Furn #413-570.
Motion carried. All voting aye.
There being no further business, motion was made by Commissioner Cummings and seconded by Commissioner Barnard to adjourn at 10:12 a.m. Motion carried. All voting aye.
Special Meeting - 2 - October 18, 2010
SOMERVELL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT
SPECIAL MEETING COUNTY ANNEX
OCTOBER 18, 2010
ZACH CUMMINGS MIKE FORD
COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT #1 COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT #2
LLOYD WIRT JAMES BARNARD
COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT #3 COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT #4
CANDACE GARRETT WALTER MAYNARD
COUNTY CLERK COUNTY JUDGE
Couple of items that are interesting to me. One is fhat to help the terrible traffic situation around Fossil Rim (especially during spring break) there's going to be some kind of one way road going into Fossil Rim. Also looks like maybe Fossil Rim is plannig to move the entrance farther up the road-wonder where that would be?
Second, Ugh on Careflite selling memberships for air ambulances (helicopters) in Somervell County. Again, Mike Ford made the motion for this and said he thought it was ridiculous that Careflite had to get permission to sell them. I wonder what happens to anyone that bought Air Evac memberships,which have moved to Granbury?
Wondering what the "Indigent Defense Resolution" is? NONE of the commissioners actually discussed it and the County Judge just briefly touched on it. A quick search turned up this fine Smith County web site that has a PDF link and ran across the Task Force on Indigent Defense . Ask Mike Ford, Mr. Technology leader who has dropped the ball on technology, why we don't have this info on our County web site.
Mike Ford is correct. It is ridiculous that CareFlite has to have permission to sell memberships in our county. Would the Judge have told Dodge that they could not sell trucks in our county because he prefers Chevrolets?
As for the Air Evac, memberships will be honored by the service as long as they are called. Meaning there will be no charge to the customer as long as dispatch calls Air Evac and NOT Careflite.
There are several issue here that are important to note.
First, if you are on the side of the road and need an air service, they (dispatchers) should be calling the CLOSEST AVAILABLE aircraft. It should be based on the needs of the patient, not about calling a preferred service, or memberships. Can you imagine the lawsuits that wil fly when someone dies while waiting for an air service that shows up 10 minutes too late? It has happened.
Second, why did Judge Maynard agree to buy CarFlite memberships for county employees? He was offered the chance to buy the exact sme thing from Air Evac on numerous occasions. The truth is he is mad at Air Evac for deciding to re-locate to Hood county and did this out of spite. Maybe if he had shown a little support to them while they were here they would not be leaving our hospital. I want to know, is this how Judge Maynard and Somervell County supports it businesses?
I think it's a good thing that Judge Maynard is being voted out of office.
On your #1-Suppose you had a situation where the closest available was NOT available because they were servicing other clients. Calling the one IMMEDIATELY available is what EMS does, but woe to the one that gets air ambulance service from the provider from whom they don't have insurance.
As for the State Law, I have a thorough understanding of it, but it is still, like Mr. Ford said, ridiculous.
I remember when the memberships were discussed. I was not thrilled with that situation either.
When an aircraft accepts a flight they are no longer available for other. At that point they are no longer the closest available aircraft. The issue I have is two-fold. Dispatchers have a PERSONAL preference for one service or another. When an air service is called, unrealistic eta's are given in an effort to "win" the call.
I know of several cases where an air service was called, an accepeptable eta was given, and the actual eta was almost an hour later.
@JHeadrick-Actually more of some info I want to expand upon in a later post, don't have time today. I don't disagree with you, in concept, about whether an EMS entity must come before government to get permission to pitch a product. I'd like to find that bill and read about why they decided to do that. I'm reminded of the hotel people in Glen Rose coming before City Council recently and asking for them to create a moratorium on allowing new hotels, etc. That's not free enterprise if you use goverment to manipulate the system in favor of some.
I think you have a good point about the personal preference. I've seen that in other venues as well, where an entity needs to make a recommendation about some service, and there is no attempt to, say, suggest 3 for some diversity. It would be compounded by potential risk if the person making the suggestion did it, not based on how quickly WHOEVER got there but who the person suggested for whatever reason.
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