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September 18--  The Toombs County commission has to make a decision in the next 30 days on where to build the new home of the Mercy Clinic, provider of health services to uninsured, low income citizens.

The state has approved the county's $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to build a 4,000 square foot building for the clinic on a vacant lot near the former Meadows Regional Medical Center.

At Tuesday's county commission meeting in Cedar Crossing, the clinic's Dr. Nancy Stanley reported more space is needed for the clinic and said an unnamed donor has agreed to help if the clinic can find a suitable building to rennovate.

She suggested the county okay adding to the west wing of the county health department building in Lyons, however, Cindy Hart from the health department said they have plans for that space even though it has been vacant for some time.

Commission Chairman Blake Tillery asked the two parties to negotiate and see if they could come up with a recommendation.  He said the commisison will hold a called meeting within two weeks to make a decision.

In other actions the commission approved expenditures of nearly $850,000:

     *  $426,520 to replaces the county's 911 computer and commo systems.

     *  $314,132 to buy the sheriff's department four new patrol cars and six new trucks.

     *  $108,399 for a new EMS ambulance.

County manager John Jones reports the state has agreed to sell the county land on Resmondo Drive for a new convenience center.  When constructed, it will replace the dumpster site now located on North Victory Drive.

{mosimage}The Toombs County Employee of the Month for September is Blake Monroe who works with the county ambulance service.  (L-R) Commissioners Jeff McCormick and Wendell Dixon, Blake Monroe, Chairman Blake Tillery, and Commissioners Roy Lee Williams and Dariel Nobles.