Commissioners approve jail physician services

By Martin Graham -

The Fayette County Commissioners recently approved a staffing agreement to provide physician services to the inmates of the local jail.

It was moved by commissioner Jack DeWeese and seconded by commissioner Dan Dean, per the request of Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth, to re-enter into an agreement with Dr. Kenneth Writesel to provide physician services to the inmates of the jail. The county will pay for CORSA malpractice insurance for Dr. Writesel to provide these services to the county.

“This is a renewal of a contract that we have had for years,” Stanforth said. “He is a consultant and will give us directions on what we should do for an inmate medically. He also provides a nurse practitioner a couple days a week at the jail. We still use the emergency room for that type of care, but he will come in and check inmates on sick calls if they are not feeling well. He also will come in if they have a pre-existing condition and reviews medical records to see if they need to continue treatment. If they have a condition he will prescribe or direct medical care. He is very knowledgeable and highly certified, and is the medical director for several other facilities in the area. He has provided us with great work and has done so for several years.”

The term of the agreement is for one year, which began on June 1, and will end on May 31 of 2017. Either party may terminate the agreement early by giving 30 days written notice to the other party of such termination. The motion was approved unanimously.

In other business, a resolution was authorized allowing commissioner Tony Anderson to sign a purchase agreement for the property at 215 N. Fayette St. in Washington C.H. One contract with Cox Paving was approved to allow them to complete work on the “Market Street Parking Lot Project,” and another authorized Steve Luebbe, county engineer, to advertise to receive bids for a Fayette County road resurfacing project with an estimate of $1,382,942.41

Finally, two contracts between the Fayette County Department of Job and Family Services (JFS) and Southern State Community College were approved, both per the recommendation of Faye Willamson, director of JFS. The first will allow SSCC to provide pre-employment training to TANF applicants and recipients from July 1 to June 30 of 2017. The second will allow SSCC to provide an OhioMeansJobs Center for Fayette County for the same period of time.

By Martin Graham

Reach Martin Graham at (740) 313-0351 or on Twitter @MartiTheNewsGuy

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