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County health department needs more space

A lack of storage space is requiring the Washington County Health Department to store hazardous waste in the stairwell of its building.
“The fire marshal does not like it,” Director Tim Carson told members of the Washington County Budget Committee during their May 15 meeting.
Carson requested $7,000 to provide another option.
“The concrete slab is already there, and we would like to purchase an outdoor storage facility to put on it,” he said.
Commissioner Mitch Meredith asked if the purchase could wait until the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. Carson was agreeable.
In a later interview, Carson said the Health Department accumulates three to four boxes of infectious waste per month that is picked up for disposal.
“(The waste) is contained and the stairwell is not blocked, but it would be more efficient if we kept it outside the building,” he said.
According to Carson, medical machinery formerly located on the concrete slab beside the building has been removed, offering a good site for an outdoor storage facility.
“Our building is made up mainly of clinical rooms and offices, so we would also use it to store paper products, furnishings and paper,” he said.
Carson said he hopes the need can be addressed as soon as possible in fiscal 2013-14.