The Tattnall County Commissioners, in a motion made by Commissioner Bill Kicklighter, voted Monday, July 11, 2022, to keep both health department locations in Glennville and Reidsville in place for the next 12 months, at which time the financial position of the locations will be reviewed again by the Tattnall County Board of Health.
The agenda item at the regular monthly commissioners’ meeting arose after a vote by the Tattnall County Board of Health that recommended the closing of the health department in Glennville.
Several citizens vocally opposed the Board of Health’s recommendation to close the Glennville health department location.
Glennville Mayor Bernie Weaver, who is also a Board of Health member, was outspoken that such a closing would be a disservice to the citizens of Glennville, and which is where most of the population resides. He also pointed out that if he had received an agenda with this item on it, he would have cancelled his doctor’s appointment to attend the meeting.
“It is often hard to get a doctor’s appointment for many citizens in our community, and with the high price of gas, we need to accommodate these citizens who need this health department in Glennville,” he said.
RN Julie Dasher, also a Board of Health member, was present at the July 11 meeting but was not able to attend the June 7, 2022, Board of Health meeting. She, too, did not receive an agenda that mentioned the proposed closure of the Glennville location was to be discussed. In fact, another Board of Health member, Supt. Gina Williams, was not present at the Board of Health meeting. For such a decision, a full board should have been present along with the items to be discussed.
Wayne Dasher, Julie’s husband, also commented on the concern of many citizens, who really need these services close to their homes.
Joann Anderson also was vocal on being opposed to the Board of Health’s recommendation of closing of the Glennville Health Department, citing its need by so many citizens in the Glennville area, many who cannot afford the trip to Reidsville or do not even have transportation.
Commissioner Bill Kicklighter stated that many of the figures were misleading that were presented to the Board of Health members, and that one of the two vacancies had been filled and that the other vacancy should continue to be advertised.
The nurse vacancy has never been advertised in the legal organ for Tattnall, The Journal Sentinel.