Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

January 28, 2014

Health department seeks office space

Jo Anne Embleton
Jacksonville Daily Progress

CHEROKEE COUNTY — Cherokee County Commissioners gave its Public Health Department the go-ahead Monday to pursue a lease on property adjacent to its Jacksonville clinic to use as office space, said County Judge Chris Davis.

The Public Health Department, at 510 E. Commerce, offers a variety of services like well child maintenance, flu clinics and immunizations, family planning and well-woman exams, along with screenings for breast and cervical cancer, according to its website, http://www.cchdtexas.org.

It also has emergency preparedness and disease surveillance programs, and oversees food services as a regulatory authority for the county, the site said.

Judge Davis said a $300,000 grant the department recently received means more offerings in the area of women's health, and that allowing the original site to be fully utilized as a clinic – with administrative offices off-site – will help the department better serve people.

Health clinics play a major role in a rural county like Cherokee County, Taylor said, where there's especially a “great need for women's health and family planning

services.”

No time frame has been given for a move-in date, the judge said, just that Taylor will return before commissioners with lease in-hand for approval.

“They're getting contracts together, and then we'll vote on it to approve it, but (it could be) pretty soon,” Davis said.

Also during Monday's meeting, commissioners approved a hangar development plan for the county airport and voted to amend the budget with a $70,000 increase to purchase a new or used 10-to 12-yard dump truck for Precinct No. 3.

The hangar development plan “addresses future growth on property we have,” Davis said. “We'll be putting in taxiways and roads, and moving utilities (so) people can build their hangers

out there.”