AMORY – Overcrowded conditions will soon be eased for the Monroe County Health Department in Amory when a new facility opens next month.
Monroe County Chancery Clerk Ronnie Boozer said work is expected to be completed sometime in June on the 6,049-square-foot building located on the corner of Mississippi Highways 25 and 278 in Amory.
The new building, Boozer said, will be three times larger than the existing building, which was constructed in 1950. “They had outgrown their old building,” he said.
Funds for the construction of the new building came in part from a $184,000 Community Development Block Grant through the state and matching funds from the county. Boozer said the project will cost a little more than $400,000, with the remaining funds coming from the county’s general budget.
The project, begun in 1994 and originally scheduled to be completed in May 1995, has been a long time coming for the county. The Board of Supervisors had to grant three extensions during the last year for various reasons, Boozer said. But the extensions were not expected to add to the cost of the building.
Ken Griffie, Monroe County Public Health environmentalist, said the move was needed because of an increase in the population in the county and the increase in services offered by the Monroe County Health Department.
“We are fortunate to have leaders, such as the Monroe County Board of Supervisors, and fortunate to have former Chancery Clerk Howard Moon and present Chancery Clerk Ronnie Boozer,” he said. These people, Griffie said, have been supportive and have “helped us to acquire this building.”
The building, a 100-by-60-foot structure, will help provide services to more than 3,500 patients a year. Amory’s health department provides services in several areas, including maternity services; family planning; child health; women, infants and children; and home health services.