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Supervisors propose 2,500-foot addition for DHS

Published: Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 10:06 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 10:08 a.m. CDT

Lois Monday, county supervisor, delivered this message to Department of Human Services (DHS) Friday morning.

Union County Board of Supervisors is willing to approve a 2,500 square foot addition to the north side of the yellow brick building for DHS. That would give DHS a total of 4,500 square feet. The one-level addition would be handicap accessible and remodeling would be done to the existing building.

Darren Thompson, executive officer for DHS in this area, could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon or this morning. Monday said DHS officials did not give a definitive answer for or against the county’s proposal during a meeting Friday.

Cost breakdown

Monday said the county would like to keep the cost for the 2,500-foot addition and remodeling at $400,000 or less.

If the proposal is accepted by DHS, Adair and Adams counties would pay about $82,800 and $62,000, respectively. The state would reimburse the county for about $87,023 and the county would be responsible for $168,177 — based on the $400,000 figure.

Sandy Hysell, county auditor, said the county’s portion for the remodel and addition would be paid for through the general fund, capital projects fund and possibly through a one-time tax increase.

Thompson is expected to be on the agenda soon to further discuss the county’s proposal.

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Background

DHS staff expressed in September they are not satisfied with their current locations in the basement of the Union County Courthouse and in the yellow, brick building north of the county’s law enforcement center.

Thompson said they’re unsatisfied because DHS currently has the opportunity to hire two more employees in Union County, but cannot because they do not have enough space at their current location. Additionally, Thompson said DHS staff doesn’t have adequate conference/meeting room for employees and families to meet.

DHS requested the board find them a building or build an addition with no less than 6,000 square feet.

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