Health Department requests support

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers

Representatives from the New Mexico Department of Health were in town Tuesday to ask the Roosevelt County commissioners for their support in any future expansion of space and services for the Portales Public Health Department, according to Region 4 director Linda Monk.

“We’re here for informational purposes only,” Monk said during the regular commission meeting.

In the past legislative session, the department received funding for other sites in the state. They hope to gain funding that would be effective in fiscal year 2009 for Roosevelt County, said Bob Horowitz, chief financial officer.

“Our goal is to support you in supporting us to deliver the best possible services,” Horowitz said.

Currently the health department is housed within La Casa Family Health Center, which is a county-owned building, where space for both entities has become limited. If the funding is received during the next legislative session, either a separate building of approximately 2,000 square feet could be built or an additional 1,000 square feet onto the existing La Casa building could be constructed, said Horowitz.

“What area are you asking for improvements?,” asked Commissioner Gene Creighton.

Horowitz responded that the additional space would increase the number of examination rooms and office space. At the present time, the department has no storage space and examination rooms are having to double as office space.

In other business:

• Commissioners voted to approve a the bid received from Accurate Controls, Inc. to install a digital video recording system that would be hooked to all security cameras in the Roosevelt County Detention Center.

• Commissioners approved their final budget.

• A memorandum of understanding between the New Mexico Investigative Support Center and the County of Roosevelt was approved.

• Commissioners approved a summary subdivision plat that allows Craig Chapman to divide a 25.9 acre parcel into three separate parcels.