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Supervisors accept grant for Chalybeate Water System
by Jebb Johnston
Oct 23, 2013 | 48 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Community Development Block Grant of $530,000 will help a rural water association serve some new customers in Alcorn County.

The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors this week approved the agreement for the grant on behalf of the Chalybeate Water System. While located in Tippah County, the association sought Alcorn County as the grant agent because the planned expansion will benefit Alcorn residents.

The association already serves some customers in western Alcorn County, and the expansion will add another 12 to 15 homes while also improving water pressure for about 100 homes.

Chalybeate is not an incorporated town and needed a local government to serve as a grant agent.

In other business:

• New hospital chief Ronny Humes presented the quarterly report and introduced new administrative officials.

Humes said it’s a difficult time to prepare a budget with uncertainties related to the Affordable Care Act.

“We have budgeted to make a little money next year. Not a lot,” he said.

The quarterly report includes numbers through Aug. 31, or 11 months of the fiscal year. Humes said patient volumes have improved.

Income for the 11 months is $3.07 million, exceeding the budgeted $941,000 and improving on the $1.216 million at the same point a year earlier.

Outpatient emergency room visits total 28,465, up from 28,017 a year ago, and inpatient admissions via the ER numbered 3,181, up from 3,032 a year ago.

Rural health clinic visits totaled 5,508, up from 4,863 a year ago. The home health visits total of 18,172 is down from 20,227 in the year-to-year comparison.

Inpatient and outpatient surgical cases totaled 9,585, down slightly from 9,758 a year ago. Adjusted patient days totaled 76,449, down from 78,550 in the prior year.

• The board agreed to list the surplus landfill equipment for sale on the Iron Planet auction website. After advertising for bids, the county received bids totaling $102,116 for the various items from different bidders and $102,500 from one bidder for all of the items. Although fees are involved with the auction site, the county has had good results with it in the past and is hoping to get a better total selling price there.
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