Lawrence County votes to transfer money from the sale of Dunn Memorial Hospital to Lawrence County Redevelopment Commission

BEDFORD – The Lawrence County Council during a special meeting Tuesday night, voted on a resolution to transfer the remainder of funds from the sale of Dunn Memorial Hospital to the Lawrence County Redevelopment Commission.

The amount of funds to be transferred is $1,085,821 from the $2.3 Million dollars originally designated to the Lawrence County Economic Development Commission.

A partial list of how the distribution of the funds from the sale of the hospital is listed below.

  • Virgil Grissom Airport – $150,000
  • Court Security – $200,000
  • Lawrence County Economic Development – $2,300,000
  • Court House Maintenance – $1,000,000
  • Bedford Redevelopment Coporation – $500,000

There were other distiurbution of the funds since the sale that has left the remaining balance.

In other business:

  • Approved that department heads no longer will need to request the hiring of personnel at a county council meeting as long as the position is budgeted and the hiring is done in accordance with the policy set in the Human Resource manual for county employees.
  • The past policy was created due to the need of,a hiring freeze in 2008. However, this policy has cost more money in the long run according to Lawrence County President Scott Smith. In the Sheriff’s departmen, for instance, a jailer would quit prior to a meeting, it may take up to four weeks before a new person could be hired. In order to cover that vacancy. awaiting approval, overtime would have to be used to cover the shifts until a new person could be hired.
  • Shance Sizemore appeared before the county council informing them of the new READI Grant and participation in this grant program. The Lawrence County Commissioners approved the county’s participation in the grant that had to be approved by July 1. The next step is the planning stage for what the county might be interested in creating for the region and local area. In the near future, meetings will be planned for individuals to weigh in on topics of consideration, they would like to see within their community. The Lawrence County Council did not have to take any action Tuesday night.