Health Department remodeling work offered for bidding

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Construction contractors will this month be offered the opportunity to bid on a small remodeling job at the Marshall County Health Department building on Legion Avenue.

Money for the project is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to Marshall County Health Department Director Jason Lewis who likened the planned work to a "facelift" for the front office.

"This is an effort to improve patient service with regard to WIC," Lewis said, referring to the Women, Infants and Children program for nutrition of those clients at the department.

"We provide certification for eligibility in that program and it dovetails with other services for the health of children and women," he said.

"The remodeling is to create check-in and check-out windows so we won't have a bottleneck when people are waiting," Lewis said, explaining that the changes should: make the building more conducive to patient flow; make the delivery of services more efficient; and reduce wait times.

He anticipates installation of aluminum frame, drywall and check-in windows with office assistants behind glass.

"It will be more of a teller type of set up," Lewis said.

A legal notice for the job is to be advertised for competitive bids and before that there's to be a pre-bid conference so that contractors may have a grasp of what's wanted.

"We have requested the money and signed the contracts to get that funding," Lewis said of the project that has received approval from the Marshall County Commission. "We have been approved."

He anticipates a more formal announcement in two or four weeks.