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St. Joseph offers county significant increase for lease, county swaps to local insurance

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Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013 12:30 am

St. Joseph Regional Health Center surprised the county by offering an additional $488,000 per year, to county for their lease.

St. Joseph submitted an amendment to their current lease for an increase of monthly lease payments to Grimes County from $100,000 per year, at $8,333 per month, to $588,000 per year, at $49,000 per month.

St. Joseph has leased the hospital building on Judson Street in Navasota from the county since 1993, and the current lease term expires in 2017.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Pam Finke explained that St. Joseph had an appraisal done on the building that justified the increase.

The court was asked by Chairman Chris Kehl of the newly formed Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) for approval to submit a grant application for $90,000 from the Texas Department of Emergency Management, a federally funded organization.

The grant would be utilized in gathering information for the hazardous material emergency preparedness safety planning.

After discussion on how the possible funds would be utilized, the court tabled the request in order to obtain further information and scheduled a special meeting for July 1.

In light of pending insurance renewal on county owned property with Texas Association of Counties (TAC) a discussion for reduced insurance cost was discussed with W.E. Gibson Insurance of Navasota who submitted their proposal which was $5,000 less than TAC from the previous year. The commissioners tabled the decision until the special meeting.

During the special meeting on Monday, representatives from W.E. Gibson and TAC submitted proposals. TAC submitted their revised proposal that was $3,000 less than W.E. Gibson.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Randy Krueger questioned TAC on the seemingly timely favorable cost reduction for the county’s property insurance.

As Krueger questioned W.E. Gibson’s location and amount of employees in the county, CIC-President Anthony H. Morelos said all taxes are current and the Navasota office had seven employees living in Grimes County and is a huge supporter within the county.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Barbara Walker stressed that she would like to see more support for businesses in the community. With that, the commissioners approved purchasing property insurance through W.E. Gibson.

Emergency Management Coordinator David Lilly, who is also part of the LEPC explained how the grant, if obtained would help provide information on all hazardous material being brought into the county, as well as material traveling through on major highways. He also said A&M students and area volunteers would be used to help gather the information.

The commissioners approved the grant submittal and authorized Judge Shiflett as signatory.

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