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City Still Negotiating For Health Department Unity

Todd Pittenger - August 5, 2013 6:42 pm

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Salina City Commissioners send the same offer to Saline County Commissioners that was sent last week in regard to the Salina-Saline County Health Department.

Last Monday city commissioners drafted a proposal to send to the county that included among other things:

1. $500,000 city funding for the building

2. $500,000 in health department reserve funds to be used for renovation only

3. The concept of an interlocal agreement be agreed upon and details then worked out

The city’s proposal was contingent upon the health department staying intact.

County commissioners accepted several things that the city offered including the city paying $500,000 to fix the roof of the current building. They also agreed to allow $500,000 of health department reserve funds to be used to remodel the building.

In their counter-proposal, though, the health department would become a county department, with the city helping to fund it. Employees would fall under the county umbrella. Commissioners envision it working much like the agreement that funds Emergency Medical Services in Salina. EMS is jointly funded, but is solely a city department. County Commissioners Randy Duncan and Jim Gile voted in favor of the counter-proposal. Commissioner John Price voted against it.

If the health department would become a county department, employee insurance for the agency staff will greatly increase. The agency currently is under the city plan. The cost of health insurance for the county plan would cost over $139,000 more a year for the employer, or Saline County, as well. It would also cost employees more than double what they currently pay, or a little over $3,400 more a year.

There are also concerns about program cuts. In other counties in the state, where joint city-county health departments have split, over time programs have been lost.

City commissioners reiterated Monday that they would like joint funding and operation of the health department.

Saline County Commissioners could take up the issue as soon as Tuesday.

A structure problem with the roof caused the health department to close back in May of 2012. Since that time, city and county commissioners have been trying to come up with a plan for a permanent facility and the best course of action for the future of the agency.

Iggy p Daily

August 5, 2013 at 10:07 pm

After the discussing full page pos in the journal the county’s reply to the city should be not interested. The city tried to bully
The county to begin with now they want to do something when their plan backfired on them. I still believe they should terminate everyone at the health department and start new.

B C

August 6, 2013 at 9:23 am

Thats exactly right mr. daily

Red Neck

August 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm

I wager a bet that Aaron H. feller had something to do with it. They should start a recall petition on this boy.

do gooder

August 6, 2013 at 5:49 pm

You guys know nothing of what is going on. Gile should be able to make his own mind up…

Fuchs Mi

August 7, 2013 at 8:54 am

Do Gooder do some good and give us all a break and do not post on this site again. Your comments are trash and you bring nothing to the table. All you do is troll. As for that full page ad taken out by the so-called attorney Nordin that was totally wrong but she does things like this that is the reason they ran her out of Minneapolis Kansas.

do gooder

August 7, 2013 at 4:32 pm

I think you all are talking trash,, you guys will be the first ones to cry when taxes get raised so county can afford to fund the health dept…. so good job men lets raise taxes for Duncan and Gile,,, And your right i will stay off of here because none of you can have a real thought…

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