For the first time in a month, OCH Regional Medical Center was not at the forefront of discussion at the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors monthly meeting.
The boardâ€™s first monthly meeting was light, running a little over an hour, and mainly covered general county business as supervisors begin budget preparations.
Supervisors were informed of a pro-OCH, grassroots groupâ€™s plans to hold a public educational session next week following a similar presentation scheduled for July 9 by District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer. On Sunday, OCH supporter Frank Davis said the pro-hospital session could be scheduled for 5:30 p.m. July 12 at the Greensboro Center and would feature OCH CEO Richard Hilton, top administrators and the hospitalâ€™s board of trustees. Davis said plans were still in the works Monday, but no official date or location has been set.
â€śI think itâ€™s a great idea and will probably be the first in many educational sessions held in regard to the future of OCH. All of the dialogue, comments and research, theyâ€™re great to have because this is not something weâ€™ll make a decision on in just one night,â€ť Trainer said. â€śEverything is heading in the right direction to allow the community to be engaged and informed. I really enjoy us having such an engaged citizenâ€™s process. I welcome anyone to come to all of these sessions.â€ť
The board took no action in regard to a potential sale or lease of the county hospital.
In other business, Oktibbeha County Tax Assessor Allen Morgan presented the board with a general report on incoming county tax rolls. Supervisors accepted his report and say they will spend the next few days studying it. Morgan provided few details on the report before the meeting but did say the county added new growth and improvement. Morgan was not available for comment as of press time.
County Administrator Don Posey said last yearâ€™s assessment was valued at over $330.4 million, a number which included various property assessments, license plate sales and public utilities. Supervisors say those additional values still need to be collected.
In other business, the county accepted bids for soil-cement materials and pile driving estimates on an as-needed basis.
Posey said the county usually accepts such bids in preparation of infrastructure projects instead of bidding out work for each individual county road.