from Erlanger Health System address the Monday evening working
session of the Sequatchie County Commission. Photo by Andrew
18, 2018 – In a working session Monday evening, Sept. 17, the
Sequatchie County Commission talked with representatives from
Erlanger Health System regarding the proposed regional hospital to be
built in Dunlap.
the working session, which preceded the scheduled meeting of the
County Commission, four representatives from Erlanger and Beth Jones,
executive director of the Southeast Tennessee Development District
(SETD), addressed the questions and concerns of several of the
proposed hospital has been in the planning and negotiation stages for
over a year, but recently has hit some obstacles.
commissioners at the meeting questioned how much financial burden the
hospital will put on Sequatchie County taxpayers. Commissioner Jeff
Mackey pointed out that at $32 million this project is worth more
than the entire county budget.
has agreed to provide the county with a written proposal (best offer)
within the next 30 days to be discussed and possibly voted on at the
October commission meeting.
proposed agreement provides that the county would retain ownership of
the property and building. The county would be responsible for
securing the money through loans or bonds to construct the hospital,
with the agreement that Erlanger would repay those funds to the
county over a 15-year lease with a 10-year extension.
commissioners were concerned that by applying for such a large loan
to fund this project, it will be very difficult to acquire any other
large loans for other capital projects or emergencies until this loan
is paid off.
commissioners made very clear their desire to see the hospital
official action was taken during the working session.
special called meeting of the Sequatchie County Commission was held
Monday night, after the working session and a Budget Committee
approved two recommendations made by the Budget Committee: A budget
schedule for 2018-19 for county officials, and the sale of some
surplus equipment, including a one-year-old wood chipper with a
starting price of $40,000. Road Supervisor Eric Higgins had asserted
in the Budget Committee meeting that it is more efficient to haul
brush to the county dump site, rather than processing it through a
chipper to be hauled to a storage site.
other business, the County Commission:
a proclamation from Chairman Keith Cartwright declaring the month of
September “Suicide Prevention Awareness Month”.
commissioners Jeff Barger and Joyce Dotson to fill two vacancies on
the Agricultural Committee.
County Executive Keith Cartwright to the position of County
Commission chairman and Tom Vennero chair pro-tem.
standing committee appointments, with most committees staying very
close to the same. The three outgoing commissioners’ seats were
filled by the three new commissioners.
bonds for all elected officials, except for four constables who have
yet to turn their bond paperwork in to the county clerk.
two new road names on Signal Mountain and Fredonia Mountain.
Cartwright announce that several commissioners will be attending CTAS
(County Technical Assistance Service) training on Sept. 24 in
votes were unanimous.
next regular meeting of the Sequatchie County Commission is scheduled
for Oct. 15 at 7 p. m. CDT at the Sequatchie County Courthouse.