HEFLIN — The Cleburne County Hospital Board Thursday approved raising its monthly payments to Cleburne Emergency Medical Service to accommodate the dispatch fee the service is now paying to Cleburne E911.
EMS signed a contract with the E911 Board to pay just more than $30,000 a year for the service up from the $7,200 it had been paying to the county for the service.
EMS director Tracy Lambert said EMS has been getting $19,750 a month from the 4-mill property tax the board receives to support the service and the Cleburne County Nursing Home. He requested the board increase the subsidy to $22,500 a month, an increase of $33,000 a year.
“It’s the first time in three years that I’ve asked for an increase and it’s only for that,” Lambert said.
The board members unanimously approved the increase.
In other business the board members:
-Approved a donation of $5,000 to Family Links to start an outpatient substance abuse treatment clinic for adolescents in Cleburne County.
-Approved purchasing 3 exterior doors for the nursing home for $1,806 each.
-Approved a donation of $3,125 to Highland Health Systems along with a request to have a representative come to a board meeting to answer board member questions. Board member Beverly Owens abstained from the vote for professional reasons.
-Approved allowing EMS to purchase first aid kits for local law enforcement and trauma bags for the local fire departments. Lambert estimated the 42 bags would cost about $6,300. Board member Dan Hopkins, chief of Hollis Volunteer Fire Department, abstained from the vote.
-Heard from Director of Nursing Robert Mills that the nursing home has won a Bay Brooks concert in Heflin. The singer, who was on “The Voice” television show, would perform two or three sets, Mills said. He suggested making the concert a community event and ask for donations to the resident activity fund. He will be getting a prospective date from Brooks’ representatives, Mills said.
-Approved entering EMS into an Association of County Commissions of Alabama program that would allow it to recoup lost revenue through state taxes. The program would be another way to collect unpaid fees, Lambert told the board members.