Dewery Montgomery, Mallory Community Health Clinic’s CEO, and public information officer Donnell Green came before the board with hopes of mending fences with the county in hope of a possible return to their Vaiden facility on Magnolia Street.
“Do you have an insurance check,” Board president Honey Ashmore asked the Mallory officials. “Or the $20,000 it took to do the building.”
Montgomery said they did not come with a check but have intentions to repay the county.
“We will pay,” Montgomery said. “We could pay in monthly installments along with rent each month.”
Montgomery said he hopes to return to Vaiden.
After the county was left with a bill for repairing busted pipes due to freezing weather and damage caused from the broken pipe over the winter, the board has voiced displeasure over Mallory’s response. The county fronted a $21,697 check for the repair of the building which included a $5,500 bill from SERVEPRO to clean up the building. Mallory, who Montgomery said was going through financial difficulties, closed their door in February and cut power to the building, causing the pipes to freeze damaging the building.
Beat One Supervisor Terry Herbert expressed his concern over the lack of support from Mallory as well.
“We were told that y’all had insurance, and we found out that you didn’t,” Herbert said. “It appears your ceiling just collapsed.”
Montgomery, who took over the Mallory CEO position in late January, came to the board in March to make an attempt to clear the organization’s name.
“There were a lot of things that we didn’t know about,” Montgomery said. “We had several issues, but we’re stabilizing them. We have all our clinics open, but Vaiden. We want to start one day a week and grow.”
Board attorney Kevin Horan asked the Mallory officials questions about their financial status. Horan asked whether Mallory was in bankruptcy, which Montgomery replied “no.”
“We have a new CFO, a new medical doctor, and several providers,” Montgomery said. “We feel we can do a good job in this county. We regret what happened.”
Horan, after continuing to ask about irregularities, judgments and possible liens against them, told Montgomery and Green about payments to the county.
“The promise to pay the county back could take two years,” Horan said. “And a lot can happen in two years with y’all.”
The board of supervisors voted for Mallory officials to return to their July meeting in Carrollton with a financial plan for repaying the money. Herbert made that motion that was seconded by Beat Five Supervisor Rickie Corley.
The clinic was housed in the old Carroll County Health Department on Magnolia Street, and in 2001, became the Dr. Arenia C. Mallory Community Health Center, which is headquartered in Lexington and operates five clinics in Durant, Canton, Tchula, Lexington, and Greenwood.
Possible pit bull
Sharon Stone and Doll Stanley with In Defense of Animals presented county leaders with a written ordinance on the restrictions of owning pit bulls. According to Stone, the county has a problem with the dogs, and something has to be done to protect others from danger.
“These are dangerous dogs,” Stone said. “This would not be a ban, just an ordinance to protect the children.”
According to Carroll County Sheriff Jerry Carver his department recently answered a call where a pit bull ripped off the ear off a bull.
“We need to do something before a child gets killed,” Carver said.
Carver said several pit bulls have been released in the northern part of the county, where he expects they have been brought over from Grenada County.
According to Stanley, IDA’s phones have been busy when it comes to stray pit bulls.
“They’re out numbered with phone calls,” Stanley said. “We have to look at who breeds the pit bulls. I’ve worked so many fighting cases. Poodles bite, but they don’t kill people. A pit bull will kill a child.”
The board agreed to have Horan to look over the presented ordinance.
Board denies extension of road closure
A motion from Beat Three Supervisor Marvin Coward and a second from Herbert denied a request from the Carroll County School District’s request of extending the closure of County Road 262 for an additional six months.
For over a year, APAC has mined a section of road approximately 3.25 miles long, running east and west, of the main section of County Road 262.
“I don’t recommend that we do it,” Ashmore said. “We should hold their feet to the fire.”
At their last meeting, the Carroll County School Board agreed to ask the county leaders for the extension in southwestern Carroll County.
Herbert told the board that the purpose of closing the road would produce funds for the school district.
“That was the whole purpose, to generate money for the schools,” Herbert said. “I don’t think they did that.”