Delays mount for health department
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—Katherine Doty/Tribune-Courier

Work on the new Marshall County Health Department is nearly complete, but concerns over construction have halted the project.
—Katherine Doty/Tribune-Courier Work on the new Marshall County Health Department is nearly complete, but concerns over construction have halted the project.
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By Jody Norwood

Tribune-Courier News Editor

jnorwood@tribunecourier.com

BENTON – With an early expected opening date of February out of the picture, the Marshall County Health Department is facing additional problems and delays.

Following two executive sessions to discuss work orders, the $3.9 million project has hit a bump in the road. Chiefly, concerns have arisen as to whether or not the building meets Americans with Disabilities Act standards and if the building has the proper seismic bracing.

“We’re meeting with the architects and contractors on March 5 to try and resolve these issues,” said Board of Health Chairman Mike Miller.

While work on the facility is 98 percent complete, Miller said an opening date could not be discussed until the issues between the contractor and architecht had been resolved.

The Board of Health will also have to make decisions on the work orders, overruns that could drive the project up another $300,000.

Cleaver Construction has served as contractor on the project. Cleaver has been at odds with architect Kevin Perry as to where the blame lies in regard to three bathrooms which may not meet ADA guidelines.

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