Oktibbeha hospital sale still possible says supe

October 13, 2012 11:32:08 PM



STARKVILLE -- District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer said he will continue to bring the possibility of a bond issue and the county's health care concerns to the forefront of discussion Monday night at the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors meeting.  


As a staunch advocate for exploring the sale of Oktibbeha County Hospital, Trainer has been opposed by a very vocal constituency, which has turned out in droves for meetings concerning the matter.  


"I know there are a lot of people that have some very strong opinions about me and also the process," Trainer said. "But when you are in this elected position, you have to do what you think is in the best interest of the county. Sometimes it might not be popular, but no one can say down the road, 'This caught us by surprise.'" 


Trainer is pushing for a complete professional analysis of the hospital -- a necessary, state-mandated step the county must take before any sales transaction with the hospital can take place. 


Despite continued resistance, Trainer said he will present the board with an opportunity to hear from someone who has performed an analysis for both Grenada and Greenwood. 


"I want someone to come in and explain how the process goes," Trainer said. "That is, if the board is interested. We really need to be proactive, not reactive." 


Trainer also said that, after speaking with the county's financial advisor, he thinks the board can put together a good package for a bond issue by the end of the year. 


"The county has a variety of needs," Trainer said. "We need these resources in order to address some of these concerns we have with infrastructure and other areas." 


Trainer said the bond issue probably would not need to exceed $10 million, but the language should give the board flexibility so money is not specifically-earmarked for just roads or just sewage and water. 


If it were more than $10 million, it could affect bidding issues, Trainer said. 


"If you go over $10 million, you eliminate some people that would probably look at bidding on it," Trainer said. "People will bid on it, but it might not be someone local or even in-state." 


Monday night's meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.