By DENISE GRANT
The District Advisory Council, which oversees Hancock County’s Health Department, plans to make the city of Findlay an offer on creating a single health agency.
“We agreed there is enough information that we can put together a contract to be signed at a later date,” said Ed Ingold, president of the county’s health board and a former county commissioner.
It would be the responsibility of the county to house the new health agency, which would be capable of serving 75,000 people, he said.
In 2010, the District Advisory Council voted against a merger. Findlay officials wanted to begin new talks in 2012, but in September 2012, the advisory council delayed the talks in favor of creating its own proposal.
The advisory council includes 29 members, comprised of village mayors, one county commissioner and trustee chairs from all 17 townships.
Until a decision on a merger is reached, Findlay administrators say the city’s Health Department won’t be moved from a rented building at 1644 Tiffin Ave., Suite A. Findlay is paying about $36,000 per year to rent the space.
In May 2011, the city bought a building to house its Health Department at 428 W. Main Cross St. at a cost of $270,000. However, renovating the building for health offices would be expensive.
The county spent about $60,000 to relocate its department from the Tiffin Avenue building it shared with the city to county-owned “cottages” at 7748 Hancock County 140 in 2012.