Sequatchie County Commission listened to a presentation by Jimmy
Morris at Monday night’s meeting, regarding membership in the Air
23, 2017 – A representative from the Air Medcare Network spoke to
the Sequatchie County Commission Monday night, asking the county to
become a member of the network, which provides helicopter emergency
transport to individual members within a covered area.
Morris, the membership manager for the region, addressed the March 20
meeting of the commission, telling them that Erlanger Health System’s
LifeForce helicopters and several other companies that provide a
similar service are part of their network.
Medcare Network covers air transport in 32 states, with 260 aircraft,
serving over 2 million members, Morris said.
Sequatchie County, LifeForce has transported 64 patients in 2016 and
12 so far in 2017, he said.
the county becomes part of their network, he explained, “every
resident of the county is covered, if they are picked up inside the
county.” Coverage also applies in any of the 32 states where they
a flight costs tens of thousands of dollars,” Morris said, but
under their policy, anything not covered by a patient’s insurance
is covered by their Air Medcare membership. Even uninsured patients
will only be charged at the Medicare rate.
insurance companies have exclusions,” he explained, “some
out-of-pocket expenses. Our membership covers everything after the
Executive Keith Cartwright said the commission would take the
organization’s offer under advisement when they make up the next
fiscal year’s budget.
regular business, the commission approved three funds transfers:
$3,780 to the sheriff’s medical insurance, $9,000 to the jail’s
medical insurance, and $1,300 to the sheriff’s rentals. All votes
Committee Chair Jeff Barger informed commissioners that forms are now
being mailed out for them to request items to be put on the budget
Tom Vennero reported that the Audit Committee had reviewed the state
audit and the 10 findings contained in it.
of them are repeats,” he admitted, “but it’s all procedural.
We have a very good consensus on how to move forward. If we’re
going to have policy, we have to follow it. But there were no
material findings, no misappropriation of funds or anything like
of Schools Pete Swafford also addressed the commission, informing
them that bids would be opened on Thursday, March 23, at 2 p.m., for
construction of a new maintenance building to be built near the
playground, behind Griffith Elementary School (GES).
maintenance building is to consolidate all our maintenance in one
area,” Swafford explained.
Paul Powell asked when the school system planned to move the bus
garage closer to the county schools complex.
talked about the bus garage, but have not made any plans in that
direction,” Swafford said. “We’ve not had any real serious
discussion about it.”
the bids are opened, the Sequatchie County Board of Education (BOE)
will vote on them at their April 3 meeting, Swafford said.
LifeForce is part of the Air Medcare Network.
other business, the County Commission:
Heard a report from Will Pitt, of Puckett EMS, stating that during
the month of February the ambulance service received 142 calls, 59 of
which were transported to the local emergency room, and that their
response time averaged 10 minutes urban and 17 minutes in rural
areas. A new CPR class is scheduled for next month, Pitt said.
Heard a report from County Executive Cartwright that the plans to
build a regional hospital in Dunlap are waiting for Medicare/Medicaid
approval from the federal government, “and we haven’t heard
anything,” Cartwright said.
Unanimously approved three notaries public.
Heard Cartwright say County Property Assessor James Condra will give
an update at next month’s meeting on reappraisals, and Register of
Deeds Kendra Boyd will speak on some changes to public records
Jimbo Breland and Terry Dishman were absent Monday.
next meeting of the Sequatchie County Commission is scheduled for
Monday, April 17, at 7 p.m. County Commission meetings are held the
third Monday of each month in the upstairs courtroom of the
Sequatchie County Courthouse on Cherry Street in Dunlap. Budget
Committee meets at 6 p.m., and full commission meeting at 7 p.m.
Meetings are open to the public.