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County, City Closer To Health Department Repair Agreement

Todd Pittenger - August 13, 2013 3:15 pm

Saline County Commissioners discuss the health department Tuesday afternoon.

Saline County Commissioners discuss the health department Tuesday afternoon.

If a Tuesday afternoon meeting is any indication, Saline County and Salina City Commissioners appear close to reaching an agreement on funding of repair of the Salina-Saline County Health Department.
Tuesday afternoon county counselor Mike Montoya discussed the latest proposal from the city in regard to repair funding.

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.

Over a month ago the city gave the county notice that they decided to terminate the joint agreement between the two organizations at the end of this year, meaning that the county would solely be responsible for the health department.

City commissioners have indicated that they would like to negotiate a new interlocal agreement. The county commission, though, has proceeded with making the health department a county agency.

On Monday city commissioners drafted a proposal that includes the city paying $500,000 for repair of the current building, and the county paying $500,000. If the roof repair costs more that $1 million, an amount of $100,000 from the health department’s reserve funds could be used.

The proposal is similar to one sent last week. But in the previous proposal, $500,000 would be made available from the reserve fund instead of the $100,000 currently offered. And while the previous proposal was contingent upon a new interlocal agreement being reached to jointly operate the health department, the current one is not.

County commissioners agreed on everything in the proposal, except for the $100,000 in reserve funds. Instead they are asking for $250,000 to be used as needed. Current estimates indicate that it will cost more that $1.1 million to repair the current facility.

Once the building is repaired, plans for remodeling it will be discussed.

County Commission Chairman Randy Duncan made it clear that they were only discussing the issue of repair funding. They were not discussing a new interlocal agreement. The city delivered to the county Tuesday morning a 10 page proposal for a new interlocal agreement.

Duncan said that a budget vote earlier in the day has already essentially decided the issue. The county voted to fully fund the health department in 2014. Effective January 1st the health department will become a county agency, the Saline County Health Department.

Duncan also addressed fears that some services or programs might be lost. He said that the agency will be fully funded.

do gooder

August 13, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Duncan go crawl under a rock and take Gile with you….

Iggy p Daily

August 13, 2013 at 6:21 pm

So you are inviting them to move in with you. Great gesture.

B Koz

August 13, 2013 at 6:28 pm

I don’t honestly know who’s right or who’s wrong…..if anyone is. What I Do know is that 859 votes have been cast so far online concerning this city/county fiasco. Only 21% of those voting have voted for a county only operated health dept. Apparently the 3 commissioners have an agenda to do things their way and the hell with the people who voted otherwise.
The whole thing stinks….and the commissioners should all be put on notice….you do what the majority wishes or find some place else to pull your little power play.

do gooder

August 13, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Iggy you would be right beside them, Duncan is your kind of guy

Iggy p Daily

August 13, 2013 at 10:49 pm

DOGOO better Duncan than Aaron H. your guy

Iggy p Daily

August 13, 2013 at 10:58 pm

This has nothing to do with the vote on here which is fixed as people do vote more than one time. So if you are going by this then you will be dead wrong in your statement. You continue to blame the county commissioners instead of the city commissioners who have started this whole matter. Look at the city commissioners record. Spent 350K for art on ninth street that 98% of the people in salina hate. Then they went gung ho on the gay ordiance when one was not needed which cost at least 10K if not more. Now don’t forget the money and time spent on Magnolia and what we got for that. Along with this they closed the bridge on Greely and refuse to repair it and open it for traffic once again. The crime rate in Salina has at least doubled and they have completely ignored that. The list goes on. REMEMBER IT WAS THE CITY COMMISSIONERS WHO SAID THEY WANT OUT OF THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT ON 1-1-14 LEAVING THE COUNTY NO CHOICE BUT TO TAKE IT OVER. The city commissioners are grown people not kids on the playground wanting do overs.

John Price

August 13, 2013 at 11:15 pm

John Price voted no against jim and randy. I still support local agreement. Poor reporting facts or just call it lies ..report facts.

Iggy p Daily

August 14, 2013 at 7:19 am

John Price I voted for you and at this point are a disappointment as far as I am concerned.

do gooder

August 14, 2013 at 7:55 am

Iggy shut up

Red Neck

August 14, 2013 at 8:02 am

I voted for this boy Price myself and I agree he has climbed into a hole on this matter. DoGooder you have no right to tell anyone to shut up unless you have the nads to put your real name and address down here. Boy you need to apologize mighty quickly to this person.

Fuchs Mi

August 15, 2013 at 8:42 am

do gooder/b koz thats the same guy who had all the id’s on here previousty. Like fritz2006, smokeyvalley, tlittle,stirthepot, and the list goes on and on.

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