CED seeks van for Cherokee patients
By Terry Dean
C. E. D ( CherokeeEtowah-Dekalb) Mental Health Center is enlisting the support of the Cherokee County Commission to purchase a van for local mental health services.
Shelia Hurley, executive director, CED Mental Health Center, told Commission Chairman Kirk Day and other commissioners that CED was able to acquire such a vehicle in Dekalb County thanks the Dekalb County Commission along with other local supporters and now they want to do the same in Cherokee County.
“We were able to work with the DeKalb County Commission and work on a van that actually is there to provide services in a rural area of Dekalb County,” said Hurley. “The van is actually used for case management, for nursing, so they actually go out into the community. It is direct services for the county. In the area that we are working in, Cherokee and Dekalb, sometimes our folks don’t have access to the usual transportation systems so we have to get out in a personal car and try to locate them and get them to appointments.”
Hurley said the cost of the vehicle was more than $28,000.
“The van that we worked out and the one that we looked at and would like to work out for Cherokee would be bidded on, would be there for services for non-profit agencies for CED Mental Health,” Hurley said. “It would only be for services, not for services for staff. It would provide transportation to the people ( mental health service consumers) that live in Cherokee county. Nurses could go out to their homes if need be if they miss their injection, their services. Case management would actually provide connections to their medical appointments, connections to the services in the county and keep them hopefully from having a relapse.”
“For most of our folks, if they keep their appointments, we can keep them stable,” Hurley noted. “The difficulty is that sometimes with their low income or fixed income status, they can’t make it and they can’t cover their medications nor their expenses, so when it comes down to services they miss those appointments. They miss those appointment, they miss those prescriptions or medications. They miss those, then the next thing you know, everyone is having to respond the judge, sheriff’s office, police departments, communities and it puts everybody at risk so really the van is a means to make that connection for services, a connection to a doctor, medical doctors, hospitals, any services they need.”
Currently CED uses personal vehicles to transport patients in need, which is sometimes challenging, especially for those with mobility problems, Hurley said.
“In Dekalb County, we went out and did bids,” said Hurley. “We were fortunate enough to find a new but late model Transit. Gregory Ford came in with the lowest bid and it had all the safety features on it. In other words our staff cannot go beyond a certain speed limit, it will stop them, it has sensors and all of these safety devices for consumers.”
“Some of them have difficulty with access, whether they use a walker or other devices, but the reality is that this service makes it possible for these folks to get their treatment on time,” said Hurley. “But if they miss us, we go get them or we go to their house for the service.”
“We are starting to roll on that,” said Welsh. “It is looking good. I am sure all of you have ridden by the building. it is looking good and it is going to be a nice structure. Then we can look at starting Phase Two.”
For the fire department, Chief Robbie Moon reported 58 calls, 19 structure fires, seven grass fires, 16 vehicle accidents and nine alarms for the third quarter of 2016. He reported a total of 290 man hours and 16 live fire training drills for a total of 424 man hours.
During the Tuesday, Oct. 11 meeting of the Council, Centre Police Chief Kirk Blankenship, for the third quarter of 2016, reported 153 incident offense reports from July 1 through Sept. 30. Chief Blankenship reported 89 arrests, 15 non traffic citations, 28 accident reports, 105 tickets and 52 warnings.
For the parks and recreation department, Director Charles Glazner reported a strong fall soccer season with 88 players sign up for a total of 12 teams
“”We haven’t had any rain this year,” said Glazner. “The grass is hurting because of it.”
“The power poles came in for the tennis courts
and lights will be in soon,” said Glazner. “I would like to thank everyone that helped in the fun run for the Fall Festival. I thought everything went real good with the fun run this year.”
“Oxford is having a grand opening for their 30 something million sports complex Sunday at 2 p.m. if you are interested in seeing a real amazing complex,” said Glazner. “It will be something to see.”
Glazner asked the council for permission to purchase some rye grass for the city’s athletic fields. He requested 65 bags at a cost of $52.25 each for a total of $3,396.25.
“I don’t know when we will be able to plant it until we get some more moisture,” said Glazner. ”We can get it on three of the baseball fields and four of the softball fields,” said Glazner. “It is so dry underneath is our problem.”
Later on in the meeting, the council said there were funds in the budget for the rye grass and gave Glazner permission to proceed with the purchase.
Street and Sanitation Supervisor Bobby Paul said his crews have been busy painting and fixing up some of the city signs and other duties.
“As for our roadside mowing, this is probably our last round,” said Paul. “We have been trimming back limbs.. We have sprayed around signs. We have been painting stop bars, everything is real faded. We have a few issues with trucks.”
“I would like to thank everybody that took part in the Fall Festival,” said Paul “It was a big turnout this year. I would like to give my guys a big shout out. They worked real hard cleaning the town up and setting it up getting it ready during, afterward, and the ladies up front to every department head made the Fall Festival a success. And I would like to thank everybody.”
SEEKING VAN FOR CHEROKEE. Shelia Hurley, executive director, CED Mental Health Center, seeks the support of the Cherokee County Commission in acquiring a van to serve the Cherokee County area.
A BUSY RECREATION DEPARTMENT. Centre Parks and Recreation Director Charles Glazner discusses a busy soccer season and needs of the athletic fields as he gives his quarterly report during a recent meeting of the Centre City Council.