4 sites discussed for health department move

April 22, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer

The county commissioners are keeping their options open -- four of them to be exact -- while considering where to place the portable units that eventually will house the county health department.

Public Works Director Keith R. Kirschnick presented three scenarios to the commissioners yesterday for the health department's relocation. Commissioner Julia W. Gouge and county Administrative Assistant Robert A. "Max" Bair came up with a fourth idea.

The options discussed were:

* The health department moves into a modular building on Stoner Avenue behind Carroll County General Hospital, as originally planned by the county. Cost: $2.1 million to $2.3 million.

* The health department moves into a modular building on the site of the former Robert Moton School in the 300 block of S. Center St. and shares parking space with Carroll Community College (CCC), which holds some classes there. Cost: $1.5 million to $1.6 million.

* The health department moves into the former Robert Moton School building and CCC classes are relocated to a modular building placed on its main campus on Washington Road. Cost: about $3 million.

* The health department is moved into a modular building on the site of the county's Multi-Service Center across from the County Office Building on Center Street. Cost unknown.

Mr. Kirschnick, County Budget Director Steve Powell and representatives from the Carroll Community College, the health department, and the county's engineering office discussed each option.

Throughout the discussion, Mr. Powell reminded the group that the county currently had about $2.5 million to commit to the project.

Mr. Kirschnick said the health department could move into a portable on the Stoner Avenue site with little trouble, but the street paving and other off-site improvements still need to be completed.

If a portable were placed at the old school site and CCC continued to occupy the building, parking would be a problem.

The site has room for little more than 200 parking vehicles. During the day, the college would need 90 to 100 spaces and the health department requires about 200. At night, the college would need about 180 spaces for students and faculty, and the (( health department -- when it holds clinics -- would need space in the evening as well.

The most expensive option so far -- moving CCC back to its main campus -- was encouraged by Alan M. Schuman, vice president of administration at the college.

"The [college's] board [of trustees] is in favor of relocation of those college activities back to the main campus. Basically, we're just giving up access to a gym," Mr. Schuman said. "We have $250,000 in the capital budget for renovations which we'd gladly give to fill up some of the gap."

CCC plans to add a gymnasium and fine arts center to its campus, Mr. Schuman said.

Mr. Kirschnick said his office will have to look into Mr. Bair's idea to put the health department in a portable near the Multi-Service Center. Parking may become a problems there as well, he said.

He "guessed" that relocating the health offices to that site will cost about $1.7 million to $1.8 million.

Carroll County General Hospital plans to acquire the current health department building from the county for a medical office facility.

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