Dade County Executive Director Ted Rumley reads a proclamation during
last Thursday's board meeting proclaiming April 5th as "Kelly Moore
Day" in Dade County as the other commissioners look on.
By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
The Dade County
Board of Commissioners held its monthly workshop and regular meeting April 3 at
the Dade Administrative Building.
Dade County Sheriff
Ray Cross addressed the Commission on outstanding inmate medical bills that
date back to the previous administration.
said they had been working with the insurance company trying to get the issue
resolved but that now it was effecting payment of other inmate medical claims.
The original claim was $192,850.93 but recent adjustment had reduced that to
$172,959.94. This had been outstanding since 2011.
informed the Commission that funds were not available to pay this and money
would have to be borrowed. County Executive Ted Rumley stated that county
attorney Robin Rogers was also involved in the process and they still hoped to
work out something more suitable to the county.
The item was
added to the consent agenda.
Ann Ervin of
Puckett EMS recognized Puckett employees Jeff Jones and Kyle Gross along with
New Salem Fire and First Responder personnel for their response to a trauma
call that won Region 1 Trauma Call of the Year.
recognized Dennis Kelley who recently received the STAR of Life Award at
ceremonies in Washington D.C. for his efforts in CPR in the Dade County School
resolutions were passed by the Commission including designating April 5, 2014,
as Kelly Moore Day in celebration of the Festival of Life that was for her
benefit. Moore was present at the meeting and received a standing ovation for
her courage in her fight against cancer.
also approved proclamations for Georgia’s Manufacturing Appreciation Week,
Optimist Law Enforcement Appreciation Week and National Donate Life Month.
Commissioner Robert Goff was the Legislative Coordinator for the Commission and
will be replaced by Ted Rumley and Don Townsend.
approved a new inmate food service vendor. CBL was awarded the contract at a
cost of approximately $1.94 per meal on average depending on the number of
A new inmate
medical services provider was also approved that is expected to cut down on the
number of inmates transported to the hospital. A doctor will be available
on-line that with assistance from the nurse can better determine the need for
On a motion by
Mitchell Smith and second by Allan Bradford the Board appointed Scottie Pittman
as vice chairman of the Commission. Robert Goff previously held the position.
also approved the addition of roads that need maintenance to the GDOT list.
Commissioners are hoping state funds will be available to assist on some of
approved contracting with Gov Teller to allow citizens to pay county fees by
debit or credit card with no cost to the county. A fee will be charged to the
citizen but the county will not incur any expense on the transactions.
appearances Lee Williams expressed the need for crossing lights at the Carroll
Road railroad crossing where an elderly person was killed in an accident last
week. Williams stated that while he had lived on Carroll Road eight or nine
train accidents had happened there. Rumley stated that meetings were being set
up with the State of Georgia and the railroad to address that issue in the near
Commissioners reported their departments were running well and that few
problems had been reported recently.
welcomed its newest member; Rick Breeden of Rising Fawn who was appointed last
month to fill the seat vacated by Robert Goff until the November elections.
Breeden said he
was honored to be asked to serve and that “I can be a public servant but not a
The Board was
brought up to date on happenings at the Dade County Public Library by Manager
Marshana Sharp and Donna Street; the UGA Extension for Dade County by 4-H
President Cody Doyle and the Dade County Chamber of Commerce by Executive
Director Chris Musser.