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Proposals sought for new Health Dept. site

by Darlene J. Taylor

STAFF WRITER

CLARKSBURG -- The Harrison-Clarksburg Board of Health will accept proposals from July 1 to Sept. 1 for possible relocation of the Health Department.

New Administrator J. "Chad" Bundy seemed eager to get the process started. He will define the requirements and advertise for anyone interested.

All proposals first will be forwarded to Bundy for inspection before a presentation is made to the board.

Since the proposed Clarksburg state office complex is no longer an option, health board members want to resume looking for a new home immediately, said Chairman Mary Ann Iquinto.

Vice Chairman Tom Vidovich asked that the proposals be limited to the downtown areas of Glen Elk or from Kroger's to Colonial Village.

Jim Jarrett, a board member, explained that it is not required that the Health Department be located in the city at all, although that is the board's hope.

"We don't want to tie our hands," Jarrett said. "I, too, hope it can stay in downtown."

The majority of board members discussed the real possibility of building a new facility, with perhaps one or two tenants. Conversations have been held with agencies considering this idea, Bundy said.

The Board of Health has about $1.2 million set aside for relocation purposes.

In other business, the board:

Voted, following executive session, to award 3 percent cost-of-living raises across the board beginning July 1.

The board also approved an increase in the minimum pay for the three entry levels of registered nurses, also effective July 1.

Renewed the contract of Dr. Paul Gordon for one year.

Was apprised of the resignation of Linda Robinson, RN, effective June 30. This is the fourth resignation at the health department in less than six months. Robinson cited "non-competitive salary with registered nurses at other institutions in the area."

Bundy asked for permission to advertise for the position immediately, due to the loss of Robinson, a nurse's aide and an assistant nursing director.

Staff writer Darlene J. Taylor can be reached at 626-1403 or by e-mail at dtaylor@exponent-telegram.com