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Watauga Funds New River With Property Lien PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Thursday, 13 October 2011 13:09

After action taken by the new board of New River Behavioral Healthcare late yesterday following a 6-hour executive session, it was the turn of the individual counties to finalize funding for the running of the soon to be closed mental health agency.  As the meeting closed last night,

action was taken to deed New River real property to the various counties in exchange for funds to pay for their operations during the shut-down period, including payroll tomorrow.  This morning, it was up to commission boards to agree, but it was not without some close scrutiny from commissioner Vince Gable, "I think we need to take care of the people that are out there in the field providing the services and doing the work.  But I question taking care the people who were sitting back administering this bag of worms that let it get here.  So are we paying them also?"
The logic of the secured funding was answered by commissioner Jim Deal, "The initial approach that was made to us this which I think when you were here was just for us to contribute money with no security or anything like that—that we were just putting money in.  I think in our discussions we felt strongly that this money ought to be secured by the real estate that they have so in the event if the money is not paid back the county has assets that's owed to the county."
Ultimately, Gable made the motion to fund with the loan secured with the deed of trust on the real property owned by New River, and it was passed by the three members present, but not without Gable’s expression of exasperation over the situation, "I just want to make sure that whatever we do we're looking out for the patients and for the actual people that's got boots on the ground that's out there providing the services, not for the people that have somehow maybe contributed to this mess."
The New River board ended their meeting establishing a committee of the five county managers to be the finance committee, meeting next week in Ashe.



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