Crawford commissioners work to find funding for repairs for county health department building
“We need to put a little care over there,” County manager Pat Kelly said.
Last quarter, employees say more than 1,000 people visited the health department located in Roberta.
Jennifer Jones, the public information officer for the North Central Health District, says the high foot traffic has left some wear and tear on the 20 year building.
“Because we know that we have so many people in the county who rely on us, we want to make sure that our building is kept up to date,” Jones said.
If you don’t focus on it, you wouldn’t notice it, but if you look closely you’ll see water damage to the ceiling, a gaping hole in one of the restrooms from recent termite damage, and roof panels slowly wearing down.
Employees at the department say minor repair work, such as patching up the roof, needs to happen now. If it doesn’t it can get expensive.
“There’s a lot going on here. It’s a very busy building,” Jones said.
Kelly is aware of the issues.
He and the board of commissioners are trying to figure out where they’ll get the $20,000 to get the repairs started.
“We need to see if we can find the money in the budget to deal with it this year or whether we need to try and put it off until the next fiscal year which starts in October,” Kelly said.
The health department caters to different needs across the county from restaurant inspections to immunizations.
Jones says the building has a lot going on, and an up to date, restored, fixed facility will make their jobs even better.
“It’s going to be better in the long run for the county. It’ll be better for our residents. It’ll be better for the staff here at the health department. It’ll be a win, win,” Jones said.
Kelly told 41NBC it’s not a matter of if the money will go toward the health department building, but when.
He added if commissioners don’t think they’ll find the money in this fiscal budget, they’ll do half now and half later.