So... Somervell County Hospital District Wants to Spend MORE Money and Get ANOTHER Loan-UPDATEDSomervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


 

So... Somervell County Hospital District Wants to Spend MORE Money and Get ANOTHER Loan-UPDATED
 


2 August 2014 at 8:44:52 AM
salon

Opinions expressed below are STRICTLY MY OWN (salon, FEMALE whose site this is-salon.glenrose.net)

This while, as we know, EFH has negotiated a lower valuation on Comanche Peak, giving us LESS taxes from them to help offset the cost of services in Somervell County.

Apparently the temporary unelected board had okayed at some point some plan to create new space, update the lobby at the hospital and other stuff to the tune of such a significant amount of money that they woudl have to get ANOTHER bank loan; it is unclear as to whether they actually took action to approve spending the money, but definitely hired an architect to draw up plans. This was apparently going to happen without sending out an RFP (request for proposal) for a bid, AND so that any citizen could look at the RFP and weigh in on whether taxpayers ought to be coughing up yet MORE money. AND that the bid ought to be opened BEFORE THE PUBLIC and not done, say, in somebody's office at some random time. The question I have as a citizen is, first, what the justification is for wanting to do this, and second, is MORE MONEY going out something the new board has to automatically approve or can they say NO? 

This video is part of Ray Reynolds CEO Report re: that bid. Doesn't include some details about the entity that is coming to do an audit of the hospital.

Updated 10/16/2014- Back on August 4 2014, I did an open records request to Sharla Collins because I was wondering about this. 

Hi, Sharla

I am requesting the following, in electronic digital format to be sent back via email if possible.

  1. The minutes and audio from the board meeting, conducted by the previous board, ie, the temporary Somervell County Hospital District board, in which the board discussed the cost of the construction/remodeling project which is on the current (8/4/2014) agenda,  as designed by the contracted architectural firm , reviewed and discussed the finances, cost,  and money required to get it done, including after seeing a written submitted bid with costs, and voted to proceed by approving seeking financial backing, including a bank loan. I am looking specifically for the meeting in which approval to get funding to proceed with construction by seeking a bank loan was voted on by the previous board, so would be before May 2014 when the new board was sworn in.
  2. Alternatively, if such record does not exist, the minutes and audio from the meeting in which the temporary board voted to authorize Ray Reynolds to seek funding without a specific board vote before the information was available regarding cost of the project.

Thank you

The reason, of course, is that the minutes were NOT ON THE Somervell County Hospital District website and HAVE NEVER BEEN.  Sharla replied

From: Sharla Collins [mailto:scollins@grmf.org]

Sent: Monday, August 04, 2014 3:10 PM
To: XXXXXX
Cc: Ray Reynolds
Subject: Re: Open Records Request -8/4/2014

Mrs. XXXXX,

To better help us provide for your Open Records Request, please review the Hospital District Board agendas at ww.glenrosmedicalcenter.com and provide us with the specific meeting dates you are referencing in your request.

Thank you,

 
Sharla Collins

#1- No one is ever supposed to refer people to the website for an open records request. Clearly Sharla Collins missed that when going through training.  

Hi, Sharla

Let me ask this another way then, because it isn’t possible for me to tell which meetings might be germaine since there are no minutes posted on the website and you’re right, you also probably can’t tell which meetings would be involved. Is it possible for you to put up the meeting minutes from 2013 –May 2014 on the site so that I can see which meeting(s) are  relevant?

Her reply

From: "Sharla Collins" <scollins@grmf.org>
To: "XXXXXXX
Cc: "Ray Reynolds" <rreynolds@grmf.org>
Sent: Monday, August 4, 2014 4:15:45 PM
Subject: Re: Open Records Request -8/4/2014

Mrs XXXXX,

The posted agendas on the website list what was to be discussed so therefore,that will help in finding the requested meetings.

The future minutes will have a place to be posted when the new website is up and running Sept. 1.

Please check out the available agendas on the GRMC website and let me know the specific meeting dates which meet your Open Records request.

Thank you,

Sharla

 So, rather than take what amounts to about 5-10 minutes of time to go post the dang minutes, she told me I'd just need to wait until some new website came up. At that point, I was frustrated but politely told her to she could close the request. In the interim I found out that my hub, who is on the board, was able to get copies of the minutes, I asked him for a copy of them, which I then, perfectly legally, posted on MY WEBSITE SALON.GLENROSE.NET. 

IT IS RIDICULOUS TO ME that it should be so much trouble for government entities to post minutes of meetings.I consider myself a resident who attempts to keep informed about what happens at meetings, I LIKE to attend or listen if I can't, and if, later on in the future, I want to look back and see what happened at a meeting, even, say, 6 months before, I WANT to be able to go back and read and see (and hopefully hear or view) what happened.  The degree to which government entities in Somervell County attempt to do this varies. 


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