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County Considers Moving Autopsies to Lockhart
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 • Posted March 29, 2012

At a special meeting of the Blanco County Commissioners Court on March 27, Butch Crofts of Crofts Funeral Homes suggested that the Court consider using Central Texas Autopsy in Lockhart either in lieu of, or in addition to using the Medical Examiners from Travis County. “Judge Carter requested that we place this item on the agenda,” said County Judge Bill Guthrie.

Dr. Suzanna Dana is the Pathologist at Central Texas Autopsy. “I want you to do some research and talk to your buddies in surrounding counties,” said Mr. Crofts. He went on to say that “She is very professional, pleasant and easy to work with. I would feel much more comfortable sending my Mama to her.”

“Travis County is really big and that alone makes for some problems,” said Judge Guthrie. “It sometimes takes a week to get autopsy results back from Travis County. When you call, you talk to a secretary and you can’t get anyone to call you back.”

“With Travis County, we often don’t know when we’ll get the body back in order to be able to plan the funeral,” said Mr. Crofts. “But when we deal with Dr. Dana, we get the results back; we get the body back and all in a professional way.” Gordon Crow of Crofts Funeral Home told this reporter that Dr. Dana “does not remain invisible. She maintains good communications and is accessible to both the funeral home and to the family.”

Judge Guthrie noted some fee increases that have been announced by Travis County and indicated that Blanco County has an on-going interlocal agreement with them. He said Central Texas Autopsy could handle the County’s criminal cases. Commissioner Sultemeier moved to continue the interlocal agreement with Travis County but that “we be given the option to use Central Texas Autopsy.” The motion was seconded by Chris Liesmann and received unanimous approval.

In another item, Commissioners discussed the Texas Medicaid 1115 Waiver Program. “This does not affect us right now,” said Judge Guthrie, “but it could on down the line.” He said that they’re trying to align counties with hospitals and that reimbursements would go, not to counties but directly to hospitals. “We need to align ourselves with a region,” said Judge Guthrie, “or the State will align us. I feel more comfortable dealing with our CAPCOG region rather than with Bexar County. We will have to sign a minimum four year contract. I recommend that we align with Region 8. I think we are better off with folks we know than with folks we don’t know.”

Commissioners chose to align with the Texas Medicaid 1115 Waiver Program Region 8 which consists of the following counties: Bell, Bosque, Brown, Burnet, Comanche, Coryell, Falls, Hamilton, Hill, Lampasas, Limestone, Llano, McLennan, Milam, Mills, San Saba, and Williamson.

Commissioners authorized the County Judge to sell or trade a green Crown Victoria automobile and to purchase a used pickup truck, up to the amount of $10,000, for the use of the maintenance supervisor.

Commissioner Paul Granberg was authorized to apply for a CAPCOG solid waste grant for the recycle center in the amount of $20,000 in order to purchase a new high density baler. “These grants are getting scarce,” said Commissioner Granberg. “This money is available right now.”

Commissioners recognized National Telecommunications Week in Blanco County and acknowledged the receipt of the required continuing education for each of the four County Commissioners for 2011.

Commissioners authorized the County Judge to sign a lease agreement with the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) for $295 per month for placement of emergency communication equipment on the LCRA Mountain Top Tower. This action was necessary in order to meet an April 15 grant requirement.

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