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HOSPITAL BUDGET AND APPOINTMENTS 10-9-12 LMS
Steele Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Jeff Hill, Chief Financial Officer Greg Hexem and Hospital Board member Dennis Lile met with the Lemhi County Commissioners Monday, October 9, to review the 2013 Hospital Budget.
Hexem explained some of the budget components as well as the budget projections and investments. He said the complicated budget process involved a team effort and consensus building with all department managers. There has been a merit increase for all employees and Hill said the hospital is doing a wage and salary adjustment by comparing local employees to peer and regional and national data. The hospital has also added some new providers, including orthopedic services four days a week, and some additional staff. The hospital produces an annual payroll of around $7 million.
Hill updated the commissioners on the Hospital Board’s concerted effort to formalize the process of selecting candidates to recommend as new board members. A board subcommittee has created a job description document which also contains information on the hospital. He said an evaluation process has also been developed to help vet potential board members as well as existing members.
Hill said the hospital recently published a newspaper ad soliciting anyone interested in becoming a board member. Three board terms have expired and are open for appointment and/or reappointment. Two of those three board members, Dennis Lile and Kimberly Nelson, had expressed interest in serving another term. The third, Shane Holmes, has decided to not seek reappointment due to time constraints. The commissioners reappointed Lile and Nelson and selected Doug Clore to fill the remaining board seat.
In other county business the Road and Bridge Department reported it has finished work on the Williams Creek Road and grading work on the Williams Lake and Lake Creek roads was underway. Supervisor Kerrie Cheney said what is needed most for roads at this point is some moisture. He said it is the dryness that causes the corrugated surface conditions and that same dryness makes the grading work more difficult and not as effective.
Landfill manager Jack Miller called in advance of the meeting to let the board know the surface for the recently constructed compost operations pad was being poured that day. He also wanted the commissioners to know the pad would not have been ready in time for H&K Company surfacing without all the work from the Road and Bridge Department.
Cheney added more pad construction details. He said Road and Bridge hauled 144 loads of pit run fill plus 52 loads of crush and then did the compacting work.
County Road Specialist Jay Davis wants to stay updated on an issue that is developing statewide over county rights-of-way. He said it is important to make sure Lemhi County has a say in determining easement widths. The Idaho Association of Counties is involved with a committee that is working on current proposals. The concern is whether a blanket, one-width-fits-all decision is pending or whether a more common sense site specific approach will be taken. Davis was asked to check the current proposal status with committee members.
County Treasurer Mary Ann Heiser delivered a heads-up regarding the impending taxes due date. She reported her office is moving into the tax drive season which will culminate on December 20…the date property taxes are due.
The next meeting of the Lemhi County Commissioners is scheduled for October 22 beginning at 8:30AM in the Brooklyn Annex Commissioners Meeting Room.
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