Health Board renews lease

Auglaize County Health Department officials plan to keep the county agency in its leased location at 214 S. Wagner St. for at least a few more years.

Auglaize County Health Board members recently approved extending the building lease for another three years at $6,000 per month rent.

The building is rented from TADD Investments.

Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said the Health Department has rented the building since 1990, when it was owned by Ed Walter. In 1997, they signed a 15-year lease for the building that was set to expire at the end of July. Monthly rent increased by $1,000 in 2007.

“The operating levy is up for renewal in 2015,” Parsons said of their decision to renew the lease for three years. “We didn’t want to commit funds beyond that if we didn’t know if we were going to have them.”

Prior to moving to the Wagner Street building in the 1990s, the Auglaize County Health Department was located at various different locations throughout the city of Wapakoneta, once sharing space with Auglaize County Job and Family Services, and in other offices downtown, including the upstairs of the Wapa Theatre, on Willipie Street.

The Auglaize County Health Department also recently received a draft copy of its 2011 audit and for the 14th year in a row had no citations. The final draft of the audit is to be issued in August.

In other business during a recent regular meeting, board members approved:

• Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) grant for fiscal year 2013, with contracts with Van Wert County Health Department for approximately $59,573, Mercer County Health Department for epidemiology services for approximately $19,184, and Robert Rhodes and Associates for training and exercise planning for approximately $1,315. A shorter grant year, to extend from August through the end of June next year, is planned to get aligned with the state fiscal year.

• The annual renewal of Medical Management of Vaccine Reactions, which specifies steps nurses need to take if someone has a reaction to a vaccine.

• Promotion of Tammy Wiford from administrative secretary to accounts clerk effective Aug. 1 and including a 10 percent pay increase. Wiford is to replace Kelli Roettger, who is retiring at the end of August. Throughout the month Wiford is to train under Roettger.  It is still unknown if Wiford’s position will be replaced, but Parsons said if so, it would be done internally. At least some of the work load is expected to be filled by splitting duties between positions.