Progress on the new Mercer County Health Center is a little over one-third done, the project’s coordinator told the Mercer County Board of Health Wednesday.

Roy Mooram, project manager for E.T. Boggess Architects said, “The project is 34 percent complete, and we’re not facing any major issues. The weather hasn’t been the best the last few weeks, but we were able to get good progress during the bulk of the winter.”

He added that the building is still slated for an Oct. 8 completion date, but the possibility of an earlier date is good.

MCBOH Chair Timm Boggess commented, “It’s good to see brick going up on the walls.”

MCBOH member James Nelson asked if the new building would have space for a potential Veteran’s Administration clinic. Boggess said that the building would not have room for a clinic as presently constituted, but could expand should the VA decide to place a clinic and get the funding for it.

Boggess raised concerns about an agenda item concerning drawdown payments to the Region I Planning and Development Authority. The first issue, paying mileage to and from home for the clerk of the works for $.56 a mile, will be presented to the Mercer County Commission for resolution, while the latter, Region I’s billing for phone calls and e-mails was explained as being a combination of phone calls/e-mails and the actions following up on them, not the calls/e-mails themselves.

The issue of replacing Joe Coburn on the MCBOH was brought up for discussion. Boggess said the board hadn’t met since November, and Coburn, due to health reasons, hadn’t been able to attend a board meeting for three years.

— Contact Jeff Harvey at delimartman@yahoo.com or jharvey1@frontiernet.net.

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