Health department looking at new digs

Robert Blackford/Editor

Whether you call it the Quinn building or the old hardware store the Mercer County Health Department may soon be calling it home.

The vacant Aledo building on West Third Street looks nice and spacious which is what the health department is lacking at its current site according to Mary Reed, director of the department. Reed appeared before the Mercer County Board at its Sept. 2 meeting to seek an amended budget that would affect the move.

"We have 16 employees in 1,200 square feet of space," said Reed. "We are unable to serve the public the way we need to."

She noted that there are numerous matters which should be discussed in a private manner, which the department would have if they were able to spread out.

Reed said that the deal wasn't finalized yet and there was no timetable about when the move could happen.

Reed said that after the hospital clinic's move to the Save-A-Lot building fell through Aug. 13, Tim Putnam said the hospital was interested in assuming the health department's lease. The clinic and health department are located in the same building west of Mercer County Nursing Home.