By Tim Horan

The Salina Journal

Saline County commissioners will start their meeting July 1 in the conference room of the once condemned health department building.

The public is invited to attend the 8 a.m. meeting and tour the newly renovated building at 125 W. Elm.

Bryan Newell, Riley Construction, told commissioners that building repairs will be completed next week.

"We're down to the final details," Newell said.

Newell said the privacy fence will come down Friday and crews will mow. Riley Construction is expecting to move out July 3.

Carpet and paint work will start July 7.

Making the move

Bronson Farmer, Saline County Health Department director, presented a plan Tuesday to use county employees and Saline County Jail trusties to move the department back from its two temporary locations beginning the week of July 16.

Farmer said that no bids were submitted from professional movers. He said that Phil Penn, director of the Livestock and Expo Center, will work with jail trusties to facilitate the move.

"Phil has a good plan," said Rita Deister, county administrator. "He's done enough moving and has experience. He also has the equipment. We have a window of opportunity that week because they (Expo employees) will start getting ready for the fair the following week."

Farmer said he expected the move to cost between $10,000 and $15,000 but now the only cost will be renting U-Haul vehicles.

The former Salina-Saline County Health Department building was condemned more than two years ago because of a failed roof structure.

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