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Health Department Damage, Sick Leave Policy, Addresssed

KSAL Staff - January 21, 2014 11:43 am

The Saline County Commission unanimously decides to determine exactly how much it will cost to repair the existing Salina / Saline County Health Department.

Saline County Commissioners addressed a couple of issues with the new health department Tuesday, approving a sick leave policy and learning of a water problem.

Interim Director Suzette Brotton was scheduled to give an update on the new county agency Tuesday morning, but had to reschedule. Commission Chairman Randy Duncan said that a broken water heater over the weekend caused water problems at the clinical services department.

Phil Penn told commissioners that a hot water heater on a mezzanine area above the offices malfunctioned over the weekend. Among other damage, leaking water damaged walls and ceilings. Penn said there was several inches of standing water. A disaster recovery team was working on the problem Tuesday morning.

In other business concerning the health department, employees from the new county agency will retain accrued sick leave. Saline County Commissioners Tuesday approved an individual sick leave policy for employees who had been employed at the health department for five years or more prior to it becoming a county agency.

These employees are eligible to be paid for 1/3 of their accrued sick leave, with the other 2/3 going into an account. They will be able to use it for sick leave as needed.

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