After meeting in executive session for more than an hour, the Harrison County Board of Health Friday decided to recess, making no decision on a new home for the department.
Members voted to reconvene this morning at 8 a.m. in the County Commission chambers.
Members declined comment about the proceedings.
The department must vacate its offices in the Harrison County Courthouse by March 31. The board has been searching for a new location since the first of this year.
County Commissioners are forcing the department to move to make room for a third circuit court division, which was created by the West Virginia Legislature in 1999.
Current judges Thomas Bedell and John Marks reported to the commission that a third courtroom and staff offices will be needed when the new judge takes office in January 2001.
That means renovations must be completed by the end of this year.
Prior to the executive session, several employees of the health department told members which location is their favorite choice.
"The Friedlander Building is the answer to our problems," said Charlene Leon.
Leon also said the county commission should give the department an extension on the deadline to vacate the courthouse.
"Three more weeks means our future; does it mean yours?" she asked.
Board members have not indicated if the Friedlander Building is one being considered. They were scheduled to conduct on-site inspections of several sites last week.