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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.

Sheriff Cross 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.

Don Townsend 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.

Ervin also 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 System.

Several 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.

The Commission also approved proclamations for Georgia’s Manufacturing Appreciation Week, Optimist Law Enforcement Appreciation Week and National Donate Life Month.

Former Commissioner Robert Goff was the Legislative Coordinator for the Commission and will be replaced by Ted Rumley and Don Townsend.

The Commission 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 inmates.

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 transport.

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.

The Commission 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 these roads.

The Commission 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.

In public 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 future.

All the Commissioners reported their departments were running well and that few problems had been reported recently.

The Commission 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 politician.”

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.


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