LOCAL NEWS

JPC Takes Care of Old & New Business

By Lorri Ooley

HERALD Reporter

The Joint Powers Commission (JPC) met for its regular quarterly meeting on Wednesday, July 30, in which they received an updated report from hospital Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael Zimmerman, in addition to taking care of some lingering old business, and taking necessary action on new business.

Zimmerman provided the JPC with an update for the construction project, which is currently on schedule. The majority of the demolition is also completely, which brings the project to about 10-percent completed. For the sake of transparency to both the governing board and the JPC, Zimmerman also stated that there has been one change-order approved, which was initiated by the hospital, for just under $10,000. Additionally, there is still another change-order in which he is waiting on receiving and is expecting it to be around $6,500.

The JPC also held lengthy discussion concerning updating the current Joint Powers Agreement, which is a contract that the hospital currently operates under. The JPC took action on Jan. 30, which during the meeting of July 30, they unanimously moved to rescind their previous action. During which, several members of the JPC expressed their concern over not pursuing updating the contract. In light of what transpired earlier this year between both boards, the concern was predominantly focused on revisiting the JPA in order to clarify some of the ambiguous language.

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