Hope Clinic to provide dental care for indigent
In a regular meeting Monday, Oct. 13, of the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court, the Court voted to extend the financial agreement between
“There are currently 300 people on our waiting list for dental care,” said Mackie Owens, executive director of Hope Clinic. “If they can’t receive dental care, they often go to the emergency room for antibiotics.”
Owens thanked the court for their support and credited the ability to provide more patients with access to good care and increased services to the generous support from the Court and the community, along with state and federal grants and other fundraising efforts. The Clinic’s annual fundraising dinner, dubbed ‘Seeds of Hope,’ will be held on Tuesday, November 11, at the
“I commend you for the job you are doing,” said Commissioner Heath Sims, pct. 3. “As long as people can work and remain healthy, we are a stronger society.”
The clinic currently has a full time board certified family practice physician on staff seeing patients 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Specialized care is handled by volunteer physicians in the community when needed. It has recently become possible to add an additional full time provider and a part time dentist.
The collaborative partnership between the County and the Clinic has provided Indigent Health Care clients with true access to regular medical care, which has resulted in better health for those individuals as well as cost savings, not only for the County but for medical care providers in and around the community. In particular, use of the emergency room for non-emergency care has been all but eliminated.
The Court also approved a Resolution in support of the Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and
John Patterson, Emergency Management Coordinator for
In a vote of three to one, with Sims dissenting, the Court voted to accept grant funds from the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to be used to appraise, negotiate, acquire, demolish, and properly dispose of the property for which mitigation of damages has been sought.
Lori Pampell, Transportation Planner for the North Central Council of Governments on the Clean Fleet Vehicle Policy, presented the background, benefits and potential impact of the policy and answered questions regarding the policy and compliance guidelines. The Court took no action on an accompanying proposal for a Clean Fleet Vehicle Ordinance.
In other business, Commissioners:
· Took no action on a Proclamation declaring the month of October, 2008 as Czech Heritage Month in
· Approved additional or replacement Presiding Judges and Alternate Judges for the November 4, 2008 General Election;
· Approved a Memorandum of Understanding between
· Approved renewal of the 12 month lease agreement between
· Approved an Interlocal Cooperation Contract between
· Approved a contract with Estes Electric for relocation of electrical services and installation of telephone conduits;
· Granted a discretionary exemption for the
· Authorized signing of a new lease with Marti Zmolik for remodeling and moving the Ennis Adult Probation Office into a new adjacent office space;
· Approved a contract with Lindamood Excavating to remove multiple structures, slabs and miscellaneous concrete work;
· Authorized sending a letter to TCEQ and surrounding cities regarding interlocal agreements pertaining to County responsibility of the OSSF’s located in the city limits;
· Approved a Preliminary Plat for Fresh Water District Prairie Ridge, Phase I;
· Declared four boxes of outdated law books from County Court at Law #1 and a list of other miscellaneous items as surplus and approved disposal at auction;
· Approved the 12 month renewal of blanket agreement #BPA250 – Bridge and Headwall Repair.