Commissioners meet for first time in 2020

By Allison Flores

The Cuero Record

Meeting for the first time in 2020, DeWitt County Commissioners covered a lengthy agenda last Monday, receiving $5,000 from ConocoPhillips for the DeWitt County Local Emergency Planning Committee for emergency response purposes, along with a $25,487.55 refund check for inmate medical expenses from Southern Health Partners.

Tim Quintana with Southern Health Partners was present at Monday’s meeting.

“Sheriff Bowen and his staff have done a tremendous job over the last calendar year, so we are happy to present a refund check back of money paid in of $25,487.55 back to the county,” said Quintana.

Sheriff Carl Bowen was also present at the meeting. “Southern Health Partners, since the Court approved them coming on board with us, have really taken on many of our medical issues. We now have healthier inmates– we are using [Southern Health Partners] as more of a preventative measure, as well as to eliminate that exit cost that we would have going to the emergency room, which has very well made this worth it,” stated Bowen.

Quintana noted that the total expense the county pays annual is $40,000, explaining that the county is receiving over a 50% refund for inmate healthcare services.

Court proceeded on with Monday’s meeting, along with a six month road closure for a bridge replacement on Garrett Road at Chicolete Creek.

Court held a closed session regarding subdivision and manufactured home rental community regulations, procedure, and enforcement. 

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