Supervisors to hire doctor for jail

As of April 1, 2011, The Union County Jail will have hired a medical doctor for the jail’s inmates.

At Monday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Union County Sheriff Tommy Wilhite said that a contract will have to be signed and in place by the beginning of April. He said, “The doctor will have to have appointed hours twice a week and be able to be on-call. We are looking to hire a retired doctor.”
The jail has had a nurse practicioner on call for a number of years, so if an inmate was sick or needed medical attention, they were taken care of at the jail or transported to the hospital. There is already an examination room in the jail.
Wilhite said that Ron Welch, the lawyer for the inmates, was the person who told Wilhite about this  contract and the necessary hiring of a medical doctor.
“Everybody that has state inmates has to either have a medical doctor or nurse practicioner on staff,” Wilhite said.
The sheriff and the board are looking to hire a retired medical doctor and Board Attorney Thad Mueller will begin writing up a contract.
Next on the agenda was William Mills with Mills and Mills Architects, PC, of New Albany. He told the board members that his architect team wants to start on getting quotes for the duplex house that sits behind the old Talmadge Littlejohn office, currently the office for some county employees and County Administrator Terry Johnson. The board purchased that piece of property in late March 2010.
The duplex was purchased with the intent of adding office space later, according to Board President Danny Jordan. The property, located at 205 S. Camp Street, was purchased for $24,866.31, which is money that came out of the county’s general fund.
The board approved a quote for a new leaf vacuum for the county, which will vacuum up leaves in the roadways, in culverts and ditches, and chop the leaves up to be used as mulch or fertilizer at a later date. The two quotes were from CMI Equipment Sales out of Nashville, Tenn. for $28,990 and from Henard Utility Products, Inc. out of Searcy, Ark. for $27,000. The board accepted the motion of the lower quote of $27,000.
The board also approved the following: two school bus turnarounds on County Roads 246 and 140, medical examiner fees, election commissoners per diem claim form, Chancery Clerk fees for copying tax rolls and certifying to the state, advertising for county depository, reduction of assessment, and the purchase of vending machines at the Union County Sheriff’s Department.
A voting precinct in the Ingomar community will be changed. The precinct at J & J Grocery will be changed to the Ingomar Fire Department effective Jan. 11, 2011.
There will be a special election held for the vacated seat for the Mississippi Department of Transportation Highway Commissioner. County residents can vote at the Union County Courthouse  on Jan. 1 from 8-12 a.m. and on Jan. 8 from 8-12 a.m.
The county garbage route for the Christmas and New Year holidays will be as follows: Dec. 24’s route will run on Dec. 22 and Dec. 31 route will run onDec. 29, 2010. County offices will be closed Dec. 24, 27, 31, and Jan. 3, 2011.
The board will reconvene Monday, Dec. 20, 2010 at 10 a.m. in the Chancery Boardroom. The public is invited to attend.