County board OKs loan to FCHD for new building after long discussion

After a lengthy discussion during which some members spoke out against the Fayette County Health Department’s choice for a new home, the Fayette County Board approved on Thursday a $400,000 loan for the renovation of that facility.

The board was asked to approve a loan which would be used to make renovations to the building in the 400 block of West Edwards Street that formerly housed Leo Brown Lumber.

The board approved the loan in a 13-3 vote, with Dan Barenfanger, Jeff Beckman and Dean Bernhardt casting dissenting votes.

FCHD Administrator Rhonda Andrews told the board that the Illinois Attorney General has mandated that the health department either move into a new building or make considerable renovations to its current home at 509 W. Edwards St.

For the complete story, see next Thursday’s issue of The Leader-Union.

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