MILLERSBURG – After greater than 20 years of discussing the necessity, funding and web site, it seems as if the Holmes County Well being Division will lastly have a constructing of its personal to be constructed on Glen Drive between Rodhe’s IGA and the Holmes County District Public Library.
Representatives from the Holmes County Well being Division met Thursday with Holmes County Commissioners, the county engineer and auditor to look over plans developed by Robert Miller of Tekton Engineering in Berlin and and John Zvolesnky from TAC Methods in Millersburg .
Miller described a two-story constructing (roughly 16,000 sq. toes) with a basement to permit for much-needed storage. There will probably be a public elevator and a separate service elevator. And likewise parking for as much as 70 or 80 automobiles, with inexperienced house.
“We went two flooring due to house, prices and it leaves room for future growth,” Miller stated. “One story is sweet, nevertheless, as you unfold that out, with foundations and every part else, sometimes it has been less expensive to go vertical. Plus, the elevator offers easy accessibility to all people. From a appears standpoint, a constructing just a little taller at this dimension is extra engaging.”
Giant home windows to the south dealing with Glen Drive are an added characteristic to create a pleasing ambiance.
“There will probably be a variety of glass within the vestibule the place you first stroll in. There will probably be a variety of glass, stone, stucco and metallic siding all through the entire constructing,” Miller stated. “Using metallic siding is less expensive and just a little extra fashionable, and low upkeep for the long run. The stucco provides a pleasant look on the entrance. There’ll nonetheless be just a little stone on the edges and the again, however transitioning an increasing number of into metallic siding.
“We added extra home windows to get many of the workplaces pure gentle, which will probably be good for employees,” he added. “I do know in our workplace, we actually push for that, and I believe it helps.”
Optimistic response to plans
“I adore it,” stated Well being Commissioner Michael Derr. “I believe it offers all the chance we’d like, and I believe it represents Holmes County nicely.”
Deputy Well being Commissioner Jennifer Talkington added she is thrilled with all of the home windows, and thinks the opposite workers will agree.
Applications housed by the Holmes County Basic Well being District embody environmental well being, falls prevention, immunization, beginning certificates, WIC, Assist Me Develop and the Bureau for Youngsters with Medical Handicaps.
“I believe it’s a excellent addition to Holmes County,” stated Well being Board member Kurt Rodhe. “What I like greatest is the accessibility and the great visibility. Not solely is it a nice-looking constructing, however there may be easy accessibility for the general public and the employees.”
Commissioner Ray Eyler stated he actually likes the course this mission is heading, leaving room for future development.
County Human Assets Director Misty Burns added that the design is laid out nicely and she or he thinks it is going to serve the group nicely.
Holmes County Engineer Chris Younger stated he thinks the plans look stunning.
Auditor Jackie McKee agreed that the constructing appears stunning, however she is extra involved concerning the prices, similar to upkeep, utilities and all the opposite little particulars.
Prices of proposed constructing
A ballpark determine the commissioners are now’s upward of $4 to five million, utilizing capital enchancment and on line casino tax income to fund the development.
Commissioner Rob Ault stated all people appeared to be on board with the mission, so the following step is to get all of the authorized work executed so the mission will be bid out and underneath building.
“It has been a protracted street, and it is good to see this mission get off the bottom,” Ault stated. “Hopefully we are able to get this began subsequent yr.”
“Once we began speaking about this earlier than the pandemic, it was loads smaller mission,” Commissioner Joe Miller added. “We have seen how vital the well being departments are, and the buildings that the well being division has been at are usually not satisfactory. We moved you guys down right here (to the Job and Household Providers Constructing) as a brief repair from the previous facility on the hospital, and it is already been 10 years now. You are actually packed in down there. We need to do that proper.”
Robert Miller stated he appreciates the chance to tackle this mission.
“One factor we have seen within the building business is an affordable time-frame, and we have constructed into the final couple public bids some contingencies as a result of typically probably the most random factor goes on again order and causes delays,” he stated.
Derr added that he appreciates the county’s dedication to public well being locally.