Commissioners give clinic extra $25K

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, September 29, 2012

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The Wise County Community Health Center is up and running, but additional funds were needed to carry it through the remaining months of 2012.

County commissioners decided to give the center $25,000.

County Judge Bill McElhaney said the center is “growing and improving, but they’re still a few months away from getting the grant they’ve applied for.”

The center is slated to receive $30,000 from the county for fiscal year 2013, but it will not be paid until February.

The Decatur clinic opened in May and is a branch campus of North Texas Area Community Health Centers (NTACHC). It offers a sliding payment scale for uninsured and low-income patients and accepts private insurance, Medicaid, Children’s Medicaid (CHIP) and Medicare.


At the recommendation of Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns, they approved the purchase of a camera that will be mounted on the vehicle of county engineer Chad Davis.

He said it works much like the cameras mounted in police cars.

“He could record a road, and if there’s damage done to it by traffic, we have documentation of what the road looked like before,” he said. “It will help us a lot to have leverage with someone who might do something to the road [but claim no damage was done.]”

The purchase was unanimously approved.


Commissioners also decided to reassign the cars currently being driven by constables in Precincts 3 and 4, one each to the Sheriff’s Office and county court-at-law No. 2 for the bailiff.

The constables are getting new pickups. Precinct 1 and 2 constables already drive pickups.


Commissioners approved a proclamation declaring October 2012 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Executive Director Pat Slayton and board president Lynn Long with the Wise County Domestic Violence Task Force were present.

Slayton announced that the task force will have a balloon release at noon Monday, Oct. 1, at the corner of Trinity and Walnut streets on the Square, to raise awareness about issues surrounding domestic violence.


Sheriff David Walker reported that his department received a $10,135 JAG grant, which will cover half the cost of a new voice data recorder. The equipment is used at the Sheriff’s Office to record 911 calls, regular phone calls and radio transmissions.


In other business, commissioners:

  • approved paying for breach analysis studies on three flood control dams in the Denton Creek Watershed at a cost of $18,000;
  • approved the 2013 Wise County sheriff’s and constables’ fees with no significant changes;
  • approved Burns’ purchase of a used dump truck from Ritchey Brothers;
  • approved destroying worn-out inmate uniforms;
  • accepted donations of $500 from the Alvord Cemetery Association to Jail Industries and $424.90 from Cans for Canines to the animal shelter;
  • approved a replat of Cherokee Hill Subdivision, Lots 10-R and 10-R2 in Precinct 2;
  • approved a replat of Jackson Ranch Subdivision Lot 38R in Precinct 2;
  • approved a replat of Indian Springs Ranch Subdivision Lots 54R-1 through 54R-4 in Precinct 4; and
  • approved the county holiday schedule.

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