Council Continues to Discuss Hospital Finances

By Callie Metler-Smith


The Anson City Council met on July 13th at 6:00pm with the financials of the Anson General Hospital once again the focus of the meeting. Interim CEO Grady Hooper was present to give a financial update for the Anson General Hospital. He was unable to give a full financial picture at the time because they were mid month with the finances, but would have it at the next meeting. He said they would not be asking for help with current payroll charges and that they had laid off 16 employees, of which eight had filed for unemployment. He also said they were working on the Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable and that many vendors were working with them. They are also expecting $30,000 in reimbursement money from medicare.

In regards to the hospital they held a short executive session where no action was taken.

City Attorney Chad Cowan went over the options that the hospital had when setting the perimeters for a hospital district election. He suggested focusing on the area around Anson, moving the boundary north around Corinth to include the transmission lines and head south before it hits Hawley.

The petition to place the vote for the Anson Hospital District requires 150 signatures from registered voters by August 1st.

Sylvia Moreland came before the council to request that Cheri McKissack be allowed to stay in the residence on Commercial Street until a buyer is found for the property. The property had reverted back to the city when the taxes were unpaid on the property. The council voted at the council meeting to evict Mckissack from the property. The council made discussion that McKissack had already been allowed to stay on the property for two years rent free. They took no formal action on the request.

The Council finalized the amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to set the allowed maximum age of HUD manufactured homes in the city limits of Anson to 10 years old. Current structures already in town are grandfathered in, but all new buildings that are moved in will have to meet the zoning ordinance requirement.

The Council also approved the minutes from the previous two meetings. The next council meeting is tentatively set for July 27th.

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