During the reports from the department heads portion of the board’s May 7 meeting, County Administrator Mike Underwood said, because of the increased prices that have been discussed in the media for the pickup of bodies following a coroner’s call, he feels the best option is to put the services out for bid. That bid will also include cooler services for storage.
County Attorney Frank Childs agreed.
“After all the publicity of doubling the fees for Jones County, I had two calls from funeral homes in the area wanting to provide the service for less. I think it’s in the county’s best interest to go through the bid process and see what happens,” Childs said.
The attorney said he has several legal concerns to look into connected to the issue, and he pointed out that the only time the county is involved in picking up a body is in instances when it has to be taken to the crime lab.
Board members voted unanimously to start the process of putting the service out to bid.
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