BONIFAY – Holmes County Sheriff John Tate is asking commissioners to consider recanting a $60,000 budget cut imposed on inmate medical care last year.
Sheriff Tate came before commissioner when they met in regular session June 12, stating the scaled-back inmate medical care of $140,000 had proven to not be enough and requested the board reinstate the previous budget of $200,000.
"Those funds pay for the full time nurse and the doctor’s fees, as well as any other costs that may arise," Tate explained.
Tate also requested help in paying two outstanding bills for inmate medical charges, and commissioners agreed to look into funding to help pay those costs.
Commissioners also approved a letter of intent to accept a 75/25 matching grant for a remounted ambulance. The $127,650 Florida Department of Health grant will provide $95,738 for the ambulance, with the county's portion being $31,913.
In other items, commissioners accepted the resignation of Holmes County Planning and Zoning Assistant Building Inspector Dana Whipple and approved the hiring of Kaitlin Kima to fill the position. Kima will be a full time employee at $11 an hour.
Commissioners will also re-advertise for a debris removal contractor to serve as a standby company to handle debris on an emergency basis.
Holmes County Public Library Director Susan Harris also came before the board to request their approval for the library to holding the "Touch-A-Truck" event July 6 as part of their summer program. Commissioners unanimously granted the request.
Commissioners also approved the hiring of Jamie Cooper as a part time temporary bush hog operator at $10 an hour. The position will be paid through FEMA funds.
Holmes County Board of County Commissioners will meet again in regular session at 6 p.m. on June 27.