Booneville Mayor Jerry Wilkins said last week it was likely there would be no meeting of the Booneville City Council for May.
The council typically meets on the fourth Monday of a month but because that was the Memorial Day holiday, Wilkins had reset the meeting for last Monday, May 20.
However, because the only agenda item before the council was an update of the affairs at Booneville Community Hospital, and because hospital officials were not prepared, Wilkins canceled the meeting.
"The only thing I had on the agenda was the hospital and they had not had their hospital board meeting so they didn’t have anything to tell me," said Wilkins. "So we’re probably not going to have (a meeting)."
A month earlier hospital chief executive officer C. David Hill had presented a financial statement that showed a $1 million loss at the hospital for the fiscal year. Hill explained much of loss could be accounted for through depreciation and bad debt write offs with the difference being made up by the annual cost report the hospital expects to receive.
Since that meeting the hospital has lost a breach of contract lawsuit brought by Canaan Champion a former employee who was terminated in November of 2011. The jury awarded Champion, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), $92,511 in damages.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the council will be at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 24 at the Booneville Municipal Complex.