A letter written by Dr. Tom Carskadon, and reprinted here:
The OCH debate seems to have generated more heat than light. I have yet to see a neutral, dispassionate, factual analysis listing all the pros and cons. That said, it comes down to whom you decide to trust: three county supervisors; or nearly all the local medical community. I talked to quite a few people whose opinions I would consider expert, and the conclusion is clear to me: VOTE NO. Here's why:
If the hospital were really such a liability, why would outside corporate entities be lining up to buy it? Almost lost in the debate is how little the taxpayers are actually putting into OCH: a little over $30 a YEAR, on average, per taxpayer, I am told by those who should know. That is truly a bargain. Under the circumstances, we would be quite unwise to give up our hospital and our local control of it, and once we did, it would be gone forever, along with any control we would ever have over it.
OCH has been with us almost exactly as long as I have been in Starkville. Over those 44 years, it has served us well. The people who work there are not outsiders; they are OUR friends, OUR neighbors, and OUR colleagues. If anyone has OUR best interests at heart, surely it is they. And who would know better how to deliver medical services to our community, than the people who do it day in and day out? I talked to just about every local medical person I know, and the preponderance of their professional opinion was overwhelmingly AGAINST selling our hospital. It was so strong that my only worry was that if any of our local medical community were in favor of a sale, they might not feel comfortable saying so. But the overall conclusion of the medical community could not be more clear.
On the other side, we have the Board of Supervisors. There is NOT an overwhelming consensus among the Supervisors themselves in favor of the sale. In fact, the 3-2 split among the Supervisors literally could not be any closer. The three in favor, however, seem hell bent on imposing their will on all of us. Why?
Those in favor would seem to be secretive and slippery. I have long said that secrecy is the fuel of suspicion and the lubricant of deceit. is that the case here? The Supervisors didn't even want us to know who the potential buyers were. As I understand it, they released information only when threatened with legal action--and then, incredibly, they tried to take credit for transparency! I guess that's politics. And when representatives of the outside groups who wanted to take over OCH spoke to the citizens, no questions were allowed! What a mockery of democratic process that is. The only reason we are even voting on the issue seems to be that a vote was forced on the Supervisors; they certainly showed no previous intention of giving a vote to us on their own. I am told that one Supervisor said during their election bid that they would support OCH; yet immediately after they were elected, they reversed their position entirely. What are we to make of this?
Rumors of a money trail abound. The only one we are sure of is that if our hospital is sold, the consultant the Board hired gets a bonus! Tortured denials to the contrary, that is a textbook case of conflict of interest. On another front, we do not seem to know who funded an ILLEGAL political advertising campaign against OCH, created in Jackson, of all places. Who stands to profit from a sale of OCH, and why do three Supervisors push so relentlessly for it, even after the citizens rejected the idea just a few years ago? It is a sad commentary on the level of distrust many people feel toward some of the Supervisors, that one of the three pushing the sale felt the need to publish the results of a polygraph test, despite the highly controversial nature of polygraph exams. I would like to think that the Supervisor in question was telling the truth, but realistically, those who were already inclined to believe that Supervisor will probably continue to do so, and those who did not believe that Supervisor will probably continue not to. Nothing is gained. It is a sad day when politics have fallen to such a level.
Also on the question of money, if OCH were in the hands of an outside corporate entity, that entity will be concerned with only one thing: THEIR financial bottom line, NOT, certainly, OUR welfare. If you believe in "corporate conscience," then I suggest you might as well believe in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.
I do not believe that everything is peaches and cream at OCH. It would seem that some improvements need to be made. But the same would be said of most hospitals. Recent studies do seem to suggest that OCH is doing better than most of its peers, including some controlled by the very corporate entities three Supervisors want to sell our hospital to.
I resent the amount of money being wasted by both sides in this bitterly contentious debate, although I do understand the need for the medical community to respond when under attack by people who know little if anything about medicine. The sale question should have been settled years ago--as most of us thought it was. My fondest wish for the Supervisors is that instead of trying to ram a sale down our throats, they had come up with a constructive plan to finish getting OCH's finances in order and bring about whatever improvements in care the hospital may need to make.
Both my children who came into the world during my Starkville years were born at OCH, as was my granddaughter. When I was cut and bleeding from an accident one Saturday night years ago, I was darn glad to have the OCH emergency room just moments away. When I got there, I was greeted by name by half the people who saw me, from reception through treatment. The physician who treated me was one of my old students and an active member of the community, who loved Starkville, the University, and the people here so much that he returned to make his career here. I have taken other people to OCH during emergencies and have seen them well and compassionately treated.
So whom DO I trust: that medical community, or three Supervisors? It's a no-brainer, Folks. For the sake of our community, get out and vote, regardless of your position. But for me, the correct vote is NO, NO SALE. My only regret is that the ballot has no option to vote HELL no.
After reading the article in the Starkville Daily News relating to the presentation by NMMC, I have a few questions and observations.
As a resident of Clay County, I would like to know exactly who are these doctors that North Mississippi Medical Center says they have recruited in the past 30+ years to practice in Clay County. The majority of the ones that I can recall were pediatricians who seemed to change every two to three years. As of right now, there is not an orthopedic practice or a urology practice in West Point. For several years there was not even a surgeon on staff. I say all of this to ask, why is NMMC not building up hospitals that they already own? Yes, they just built a new clinic in West Point, but this was the first since the early 90s. As a former employee of NMMC, I can assure you that THEIR ONLY CONCERN IS THE BOTTOM LINE! They only care about the money that they can funnel back to their flagship hospital. They have not invested in the community of Clay County since they purchased Ivey Memorial Hospital in the mid-1980s. There is also the question of why are they scaling back services or eliminating them all together in many of their locations, but still wanting to purchase OCH? Would either of the two who put in a bid want OCH if our hospital was not successful? I THINK NOT!
I know for a fact that a couple of years ago, a friend who thought she was having a heart attack would not allow their family to stop at Clay County Medical Center for treatment, but insisted on going straight to Tupelo. This is because of the lack of quality services offered there. I also have personally experienced the lack of professionalism from the doctors and the staff in their emergency room. It seems that the Clay County facility is really nothing more than a “band-aid station” to get money to their flagship hospital.
The services that the Supervisors are promising here will not happen in Starkville regardless of who owns OCH!!! Unfortunately, the population of Oktibbeha County is not large enough to sustain an invasive cardiology department or a neurosurgery department. Furthermore, why would they offer those services here when they have those same services 50 miles up the road? They will stabilize and transfer just like OCH does when needed.
My whole family drives from West Point to use the services of OCH Regional Medical Center and the physicians that practice there. We are always treated with compassion and a genuine concern for our well-being.
(Editor note: This letter was originally sent to the editor of the Starkville Daily News.)
Dear Fellow Citizens,
I am Arthur “Sonny” Kelly. For 38 years I served as Administrator/CEO of the now OCH Regional Medical Center. During my tenure, the change to both the hospital and the medical community as a whole was enormous, and both continue to grow today. The medical staff has gone from 11 physicians to over 100, with over 40 having active or full privileges. The facilities have not only grown physically but have also advanced tremendously in technology. Having retired in 2012, I have been extremely pleased to see the hospital and medical community continue
to provide the same great community service that has been a hallmark over the years.
I wish to point out that the administrative people who presently guide the hospital, have all been there for 25 to 35 years, and the Board of Trustees has members who have been on board for over 30 years as well. All of these people are extremely capable and knowledgeable of the healthcare needs of Oktibbeha County and other surrounding counties that also use OCH’s services. With this in mind, it has been dismaying to watch the actions of a majority of the members of the Board of Supervisors and their uninformed, clumsy efforts to come up with an excuse to sell the greatest county asset we have. “WHY?” is the question I as a citizen and voter have, and from what I’ve heard, a lot of others are asking the same question.
The consultants and attorneys brought in by the board to conduct a due diligence study for the
feasibility of selling or leasing the hospital has gone to great lengths to justify the rationale of the
Board of Supervisors toward this end. However, the greatest justification for selling or leasing
should have been sought from the Board of Trustees of the hospital, which was appointed by the
Board of Supervisors to oversee the hospital. The fact that no input was requested from this body,
nor to the best of my knowledge, the hospital administration and medical staff is proof that the
Board of Supervisors is only interested in the sale and the money that can be gotten, with very
little regard for the impact this will have on the quality of healthcare for the citizens of this county
for decades to come. The Trustees have unanimously gone on record against the sale or lease
of the hospital, and 38 members of the medical staff have also signed their names to a resolution
against such action.
I can think of no better example of looking for a solution when no problem exists than what is
going on with our Board of Supervisors attempting to sell or lease OCH. Obviously, it seeks a
windfall profit that some of its members feel would solve other financial needs of the county. However,
this reminds me of an old fairy tale about the man who killed the golden goose that laid the
OCH Regional Medical Center has stood by the citizens of this county for decades and has
provided some of the best care that can be found in this state. It’s time for the voters and citizens
of this county to stand by OCH, along with its loyal trustees, administration, employees and
medical staff, and vote AGAINST the sale or lease of our hospital on November 7!
A.C. “Sonny” Kelly
(Editor's note: This letter originally ran as a letter to the editor of the Starkville Daily News.)
This was a letter to the Editor of the Starkville Daily News published on Oct. 18, 2017. Letter was written by Mr. Richard G. Hilton, CEO of OCH Regional Medical Center.
My purpose in writing this letter is to correct any misleading information, misstatements or implications of wrongdoing by OCH. The following documentation is in response to Supervisor Miller’s recent Letter to the Editor, as well as posts to her Supervisor Facebook page.
Related to Letter to Editor 9/24/17:
Not Fact: Supervisor Miller by referencing Singing River Hospital System appears to be implying that OCH’s retirement situation is like Singing River, casting public doubt on the stability of OCH’s retirement plan.
Fact: OCH has a “defined contribution plan” which is not the same as a “defined benefit or pension plan” with guaranteed retirement benefits. This means contributions, voluntary and employer, are transferred monthly to employees’ personal retirement accounts with VALIC for them to manage.
Not Fact: Supervisor Miller by referencing Singing River Hospital System appears to be implying that OCH has two sets of books, sweetheart contracts, and has not been transparent with its records.
Fact: OCH does nothave two sets of books. OCH has never had and does not have any sweetheart contracts with family and friends of trustees and hospital administration. OCH has always complied with the public record access requirements.
Not Fact: Supervisor Miller stated, “…I did notice very little money was spent on capital improvements”.
Fact: OCH annual capital expenditures:
$3.2 Million FY 2017 (11 Months)
$5.3 Million FY 2016
$2.6 Million FY 2015
$2.0 Million FY 2014
$2.7 Million FY 2013
$5.5 Million FY 2012
Supervisor Miller seems to think that $1,609,560 is a large amount money for annual debt service on the GO 2009 & 2010 bonds. OCH annual capital expenditures since FY 2012 have been greater than the 2017-18 annual GO bond debt service payments.
Not Fact: Supervisor Miller stated that Ted Woodrell is now being contacted for help from many hospitals and counties in our state.
Fact: An email response from Mississippi Hospital Association on September 29, 2017, stated, “To date (September 29th) Surveys conducted by MHA have not identified other member hospitals utilizing the services of Mr. Woodrell.”
Not Fact: Supervisor Miller cited from the Stroudwater report, “In our market area, since 2011, OCH has seen a 7.5% decrease, Baptist a 5.7% increase, NMMC a 2.1% increase and all others a 4.5% increase.”
Fact: I could not find these percentages anywhere in the report. Stroudwater only had market data for 2013, 2014 & 2015, as data for 2011 & 2012 was not available. Therefore, I am uncertain how Supervisor Miller obtained these percentages.
Not Fact: Supervisor Miller stated,“…$21 million ‘reserve’ is not truly all ‘liquid assets’. A large portion of those funds are already allocated or tied to guarantees on bonds, etc.”
Fact: OCH is not required to use the $21 million as a bond guarantee. OCH is only required to pledge its ongoing operational revenues toward bond service payments. The total funds at July 31, 2017, of $21 million are either liquid or can be unrestricted for liquidity purposes without penalty at any time.
Bricklee Miller Oktibbeha County District 4 Facebook Page:
Not Fact: 9/20/17 In reference to the due diligence requests for the hospital bidders, Supervisor Miller stated “201 items requested, 70 not answered or the information so redacted that it was unusable.”
Fact: As of September 14, OCH uploaded 214 (95.5%) of 224 items requested and released partial information of 4 (1.8%) items on the Due Diligence Checklist Summary.
OCH submitted information based upon direction and communication provided by both Butler Snow Attorneys and Ted Woodrell, which included modifying the extent of the line item requests. They said additional information most likely would be requested if the submitted information was insufficient.
OCH redacted information that was mostly related to protected health information under HIPAA on patients and employees.
On August 29, OCH received a listing of 20 questions from the bidders for additional information. Responses to these questions were submitted on August 31. To this date OCH has not been formally notified of 70 items that were not answered.
Not Fact: 9/28/17 Supervisor Miller posted Comparative Income Statements for 10 Months of operation at FY 2017, which is not accurate and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) were not followed.
10/04/17 “…this projected 6 million dollar loss.”
FACT: The correct loss was $5,066,421. The bottom line loss for FY 2017 10 Months was reported as $5,836,599 and is overstated by $770,178.
Not Fact: 9/24/17 “That is not true of the 21 million…money is allocated and cannot be used. I will supply the breakdown soon for you.”
10/04/17 “Do you realize the 21 is not usable liquid cash? Much is tied to obligations.”
Fact: Of the total funds at July 31, 2017, $17 million of $21 million is usable upon discretion of the Board of Trustees at any time. These funds are either liquid or can be un-restricted for liquidity purposes without penalty. The $4 million is required for self-insuring professional and general liability claims.
Not Fact: 10/04/17 “Consistency is a basic tenant of accounting. Mixing accrual and cash accounting is a confusing practice and should be avoided.”
Fact: OCH does not mix accrual and cash accounting. Cash accounting would in no way accurately reflect the financial position of any hospital in the United States. Depreciation and amortization expenditures are not cash disbursements on our income statement.
Not Fact: 10/04/17 “Expenses to acquire or IMPROVE a business asset that will last longer than a year are not deductible as business expenses, useful life, expensing election, repairs, improvements.”
Fact: Capital acquisitions and capital leases with useful life longer than 1 year are depreciated over the useful life of the equipment or leases using straight-line depreciation as adopted by the Board of Trustees. This means depreciation and amortization are recognized each year as non-cash disbursements.
Not Fact: 10/07/17 “I was contacted by numerous concerned employees that were made to attend meetings at OCH. This [picture of newspaper articles] is part of the information being distributed.”
Fact: I responded directly to her post stating these materials were not distributed to employees. Employees attended mandatory educational sessions about what can and cannot be done on the clock in regards to the referendum. The educational PowerPoint was presented to employees and to the Board of Trustees. The pictures of articles that she posted were the same articles that were NOT distributed to our employees but to our Board of Trustees.
Not Fact: 10/17/17 “…you the taxpayers hold the debt. You pay $24 million per week in taxes to support . Absolutely, as your supervisor I have the facts and support protecting all the taxpayers in district 4.”
Fact: For FY 2017/2018 the Board of Supervisors has assessed $1,609,560 for bond
payments, which is $30,953/week, not $24 million. The BOS has assessed $200,000 for EMS services, which is $3,846/week. This totals $34,799/week, NOT $24 million.
As documented above, whether intentionally or unintentionally, Supervisor Miller has misled the public on numerous issues on many occasions. I encourage the public to fact check all information.
Richard G. Hilton, FACHE
OCH Regional Medical Center
Ever since the three of the supervisors restarted a push to sell OCH, it's become easy to lose focus of what matters in Oktibbeha County. Those wanting to sell seem to be okay with spreading confusion and misinformation, as the "push polls" being conducted by Gravis Marketing have shown. A push poll is a poll that pretends to be a survey, but the questions are written to sway the reader's opinion about an issue. In the instance of the Gravis Marketing push poll (by email and phone calls) many of the questions are so skewed and out-of-proportion to reality that even those only vaguely aware of the push to sell OCH laugh at the poll's construction.
Those wanting to sell seem to be okay with spreading confusion and misinformation, as the "push polls" have shown.
There are so many factors at play in this issue that it's easy to get confused. Confusion helps the "sell" crowd. A well-informed electorate almost guarantees the vote to sell OCH will be defeated, so the more confusion that can be sowed, the better the chance the "sell" crowd (tiny though they may be) could have a chance to win.
To battle the confusion the "sell" crowd is counting on, let's get back to basics, and put a few things in perspective.
1. There is no reason to sell OCH. OCH is financially solid, has plenty of liquid assets, is steadily recruiting more doctors and more specialties, and is a highly successful healthcare provider.
2. Oktibbeha County will gain nothing by selling OCH. The supervisors have said (through their consultant) they hope to net $25 million from the sale. They hope to sell an operation valued at $132 million and keep $25 million out of the deal. That's not a $25 million gain, that's a loss of over half the market value of OCH.
3. There is no contract that will bind the buyer or any subsequent buyers. Once OCH is sold, it's gone. Forever. There is no do-over in four years at the next election. County citizens will have zero control over who owns it or how it is operated once the first contract-to-sell is signed. As recent history has shown us, once a Mississippi hospital is sold, it may change owners many more times.
4. Taxes will not go up if we keep OCH. Taxes don't pay for the operation of OCH, only for the construction projects we approved by a vote a few years ago. In a few more years those bonds will be paid off, and that 4.5 mills we pay in taxes for that construction will drop off our tax rolls. So, that tax goes away whether OCH sells or not.
5. Taxes will not go down if OCH is sold. The bonds are a legal obligation, and they have to be paid no matter who owns OCH. The county is mandated by state law to provide an ambulance service no matter who owns OCH.
These are the basics of the discussion.
It's easy to get bogged down in questioning why some supervisor wants to have a polygraph done, or why some anonymous outside party is paying a high price for Gravis Marketing to interfere in our election, or what influence Jackson lawyers have had on the supervisors, etc. It's easy to get bogged down in these discussions, but to be frank, these questions will eventually play no part in the outcome of the election.
What matters is the basics of the situation. Consider the basics, and put things in perspective.
There's no reason to sell.
We'll gain nothing by selling.
By selling we absolutely lose control of our healthcare facilities, FOREVER.
Our taxes will not be impacted by selling or keeping OCH.
Friends, keep this situation in perspective and don't get mired down with the distractions and subterfuges of the forces trying to force the sale of OCH. They aren't working for us, and they are not working for our benefit. They are working for themselves, for their own benefit, for their own masters, and we need to keep that in mind.
OCH is for us, it was built by us, and it is owned by us.
Let's keep it that way.
In 2012, Oktibbeha County Supervisor Orlando Trainer was determined to lease OCH Regional Medical Center to Capella Healthcare, a lease that would run for 50 years. Trainer praised Capella Healthcare and assured everyone who would listen that Capella Healthcare was a good choice for Oktibbeha County. Trainer didn't get his way, because Supervisor John Montgomery voted against leasing OCH, a move that saved our county healthcare system. Many people suspected Trainer's choice was a bad one, and in the years that followed that suspicion has been proved correct.
Between 2012 and 2015, Capella Healthcare lost over $70 million, and began dumping hospitals, selling them to other interests. By the end of 2015, Capella itself was sold for $900 million to Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) of Alabama. Capella was purchased by REIT primarily for the land those hospitals were on since the land was valued at $600 Million, and the hospitals at only $300 million. Lord only knows what would have happened to the lease on OCH in the hands of Capella or REIT.
Doug Johnson (at left above) was Capella's VP of Acquisitions during that ill-fated lease attempt. Johnson came to Capella in 2011 from an outfit called QHR. (source) Remember Johnson's name and the QHR name, they will pop up again later. Doug Johnson left Capella in 2014, and became a principal with a company called Stroudwater. (source source) Stroudwater is one of many, many companies that do hospital assessments.
Fast forward to 2015. Bricklee Miller, just elected as a brand new supervisor, teams with Trainer and Supervisor Joe Williams and begins voting for the processes that will eventually lead to the sale of OCH.
The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors (BOS) selects Stroudwater to do an assessment of OCH. Remember Stroudwater? It's the company that is run in part by Doug Johnson, the same Doug Johnson who tried to get OCH through lease back in 2012. Picking a company run by a guy who has a history of trying to get control of OCH sounds like a bad choice if the supervisors are looking for an objective, impartial assessment. But now Oktibbeha County is saddled with Stroudwater and Doug Johnson. Maybe it's just a coincidence that Doug Johnson keeps showing up involved in recommending that someone else have control of OCH.
Another odd coincidence is Frederick Ted Woodrell (at right above). Woodrell was hired by the Oktibbeha County BOS in May of 2016 as their consultant during the initial phase of discussion with Stroudwater. Ted Woodrell previously was president of QHR. Doug Johnson worked for as VP of Acquisitions for Community Health Systems, which is QHR's parent company. (source)
The Oktibbeha County BOS has now selected the same guy who tried to get OCH back in 2012 to do their "objective" assessment and the guy he used to work for as their consultant.
About this time, citizens of Oktibbeha County got the required 1,500 petition signatures that stopped the process of selling until voters could vote on whether or not to proceed. That vote will happen November 7.
In researching this article we found an excellent Aug. 9, 2016 article written by Carl Smith of the Commercial Dispatch, and we strongly suggest anyone interested in a clear understanding of who the BOS has hired read this article. Click this to read the article.
An interesting side note was found in the above article. The three supervisors who are pushing to sell OCH keep suggesting that OCH's future will be doom and gloom without some outside owner, and that the hospital is not in a favorable condition This position is strongly contradicted by Doug Johnson himself in the Commercial Dispatch article. "Johnson -- who also worked in executive positions for QHR, Centerre Healthcare and Community Health Systems -- said Capella inquired about OCH in 2013 "not because it was vulnerable," but because of its strengths and placement within a unique market."
OCH is a desirable purchase because of its strengths and market position. Too bad supervisors Trainer, Miller, and Williams don't recognize these qualities as well as those who have been trying to buy OCH do.
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, the Greater Starkville Development Partnership will host a moderated Q & A session with OCH administrators and members of the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors.
This will be at the Greensboro center, starting time of 5:30 PM.
The public is encouraged to attend.
Supervisor Marvell Howard hosted a town hall meeting at the Oktibbeha County Courthouse the evening of October 5, 2017. The large courtroom was filled to capacity with members of the public and the media. Several attendees stood outside the courtroom due to a lack of seating.
Howard (seen at left) opened the meeting by announcing that the board of supervisors had decided to reveal that they had two bidders, North Miss. Medical Center (NMMC-Tupelo) and Baptist Memorial (Columbus). Howard declined to answer any other questions about the bidding process beyond providing those two names, citing the confidentiality agreement the supervisors signed with NMMC and Baptist.
Mr. Howard mentioned that Supervisor John Montgomery sent his regrets that he couldn't attend, he was away on a family trip that had been planned for six months. Had he not been gone, Howard said Montgomery would certainly have been present for the meeting.
Supervisors Trainer, Miller, and Williams were conspicuously absent, and no explanation was given for them not being present.
Howard fielded questions and comments from the capacity crowd for almost an hour and a half. He said the supervisors were made aware of the relationship between Doug Johnson who was VP of Acquisitions for Capella, and Ted Woodrell, the consultant selected by the supervisors. He said the supervisors knew when hiring Stroudwater that Doug Johnson of Stroudwater was the same Doug Johnson with Capella who had tried to acquire OCH in 2013. They also knew Ted Woodrell and Doug Johnson had worked together as CEO and VP of QHR, another acquisition company. He said the majority of the supervisors voted to hire them anyway.
Many of those present read aloud statements made by Supervisor Miller regarding the OCH sale process and asked if those statements were correct. One participant read a statement where Miller had said on Facebook that someone had said that OCH didn't really have $21 million in reserves and that she had said the reserves were not liquid. OCH CEO Richard Hilton was present, and he was asked to make his only comment of the night. CEO Hilton explained that OCH actually does have $21 million in reserves, and told the audience exactly where the reserves were. He also said their investments could be made accessible quickly if the need arose. Supervisor Howard commented that the board of supervisors (BOS) consultant, Ted Woodrell, had admitted OCH really did have $21 million in reserves.
When asked what would happen to the $21 million is OCH was sold, Howard said he had no answer for that.
Another statement attributed to Supervisor Miller's Facebook page was that Woodrell would not receive compensation if OCH were sold. That was addressed by referring to the BOS's own Request For Proposal (RFP), Option N, which says, in part, "the County has agreed to pay Woodrell Advisory & Consulting Services a success fee upon the consummation of the sale of OCH".
One of the doctors present referred to a BOS press release which he said the buyer would be required to make $25-$30 million in capital improvements, and he questioned the possibility of that happening. It was presented that the actual RFP does not require the any set amount of capital improvements, but instead asks for "explanation of capital plans for OCH....including the count of minimum commitment over ten years". It also came out that the BOS press release didn't say capital improvements would be required, but instead that the buyer shows an "ability" to make improvements.
Numerous times during the evening Supervisor Howard received thunderous applause from the crowd, particularly when he spoke about his opposition to the sale of OCH.
Reporters from the Commercial Disptach and the Starkville Daily News, as well as a reporter from WCBI-TV were seen at the meeting.
Vote AGAINST selling yard signs are here!
These signs are free, and there are two easy ways to get a yard sign.
1. If you want a sign right now, you can pick it up at Pollan Promos at 506 Academy Road. They should be available October 12.
Home delivery available anywhere in Oktibbeha County. All deliveries are done by volunteers, so please be patient, we'll get to you!
Larger signs are available now in limited quantities, but they do not come with a stand.