BONIFAY — The Holmes County Board of County Commissioners approved the new logo for Holmes County that the Chamber of Commerce presented to the board on Sept. 25.
“The Holmes County Chamber of Commerce approached the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners requesting permission to hold a county logo contest and further requested that the winning logo would be adopted by the county and would be incorporated as the official seal,” said Julia Bullington of the Chamber.
She went on and said from there they approached the Holmes County Development Council and the Holmes County Tourist Development Council and they eventually came up with pledges for the reward of $1,000 to the best representation of the county.
“On April 19 a panel of judges met and selected the winning entry, submitted by Brandon Elderidge of Holmes County,” said Bullington. “I’ve got to personally thank County Attorney Jeff Goodman. I couldn’t have done this without him.”
Commissioner Kenneth Williams said that he was impressed by the selection.
“It wasn’t as easy as you might think,” said Williams. “There were a lot of good ones to choose from.”
The board approved County Grant Writer Bob Jones’ request to apply for a Community Development Block Grant to extend Rum Road for $592,000 and to provide equipment for the Pine Log Fire Department in the amount of $60,000.
The board also approved of their annual Health Department Core Contract for 2012-13.
Holmes County Extension Agent Shep Eubanks came to ask citizens of Holmes County to be careful when working outside because the threats of mosquitoes are still great.
“A human case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed,” said Eubanks. “The patient states that though she normally spends much of her time indoors, she recently spent two day hunting in Washington County and was bitten many times by mosquitoes. The risk of transmission to other humans and animals has increased.”
The health department is continuing to conduct statewide surveillance for mosquito borne illnesses, including West Nile virus infections, Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, malaria, and dengue.
Residents of Florida are encouraged to report dead birds via the web site for Surveillance of Wild-bird Die-offs located at www.myfwc.com/bird/.
Greg Barton of the Holmes County Emergency Medical Services informed the board that there would be a Blood Drive held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, in front of the EMS building on State Road 90.
The board approved Inmate Catastrophic Coverage Renewal and Goodman recommended that next year the contact be bid out.
The commissioners also approved of Goodman’s recommendation to renew their Inmate Medical Services with their current physician until the next year, when they could have a better comparison.
“We sent this bid out and got some interesting bids back,” said Goodman. “However, we won’t be able to tell if any of these companies are going to save you any money until we can get a trend we can go by. Right now we’re seeing if we can cut back on some of these expenditures first.”
Goodman explained that the price spiked from $112,000 to $210,000 in a matter of a couple of years and a nurse explained that there were inmates who were inflicting injuries on themselves just to make the county pay. She added there were also two catastrophic cases in one year, which were very rare.
Motor Grater bids had returned and the board approved to table it until the next meeting in October to decide what bid to accept.
“You’ve got the right to do so,” said Goodman. “My advice is to take your time until you feel good about it.”
The board approved of 911 Director Clint Erickson’s request to apply for grant for new system hardware at no cost of the county.
The board also approved of taking the 911 Department’s old generator and sending it to the EMS because they do not have one in case of an emergency.
Board approved of Resolution 12-13, at Eubanks’ request, to apply for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to renovate the Holmes County Agricultural Center in efforts to revive the Farmer’s Market.
“It’s a request for $20,000 to revive the Farmer’s Market,” said Eubanks. “We’re going to possibly drop the ceiling on the Ag Center for $14,000, get a new fire alarm system for $3,000 and use $3,000 to renovate some of the rooms to possibly rent out. It’s a 40 percent match and in-kind contributions in material and labor count towards the 40 percent.”
Eubanks also informed the board that they would be treating the cogongrass problem as soon as possible.
County Engineer Cliff Knauer approached the board and said the process toward building a boat ramp on the West end portion of the Choctawhatchee River off of Highway 90 in Holmes County.
The board approved of a resolution stating that the board approved to apply for the Florida Boating Improvement Program through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation to build a boat ramp on Sept. 11.
“The water levels are looking good now, but when they go down there’s nowhere to put your boat in anywhere in Holmes County,” said Commissioner Jim King. “This will be a valuable asset to the residents in Holmes County.”
Knauer explained all they needed was the Florida Department of Transportation’s permission to use their right-of-way and requested that Goodman send a “strongly worded letter” so the project could move forward.
Board approved of renewing their contract with Doctors Memorial Hospital for the year 2012-13.
“They cut us some very good deals,” said Goodman.
Board approved of Goodman’s request to take King with him to have lunch with the new director of Northwest Florida Water Management and “establish a good relationship.”
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the HC BOCC is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Board Room behind the Holmes County Court House.