The estimated projected completion date of the county’s new morgue is currently June 15, according to county safety coordinator David Britton.
“We are hoping to be done by June 15,” said Britton. “The coolers have been ordered. The cooler is scheduled to be in around the second week in June. It’s about a one-day assembly process. If you’ve ever seen one go together, it’s a set of ratchet wrenches and twist locks. It goes together fairly easily. As of right now, we don’t see any issues as far as having things ready to go by that time.”
An update was given Monday evening during a county Safety Committee meeting. In attendance were County Commissioners Teddy Boyd, Carl D. Bouldin, Randy England, Ron Lee, and Charles Morgan.
Currently, the facility has a shingled roof and work is continuing inside.
“The project is coming along well as far as being on track,” said Britton. “As of this week, we are under roof. They are installing the interior doors and drywall work this week. Right now it’s the inside stuff that you don’t see a lot of that’s going on. The front door, windows and brick work will all happen at the end of the May 18 week.”
Behind the scenes work is also being done. Britton said he has contacted funeral homes on their notification signage that will be inside the family waiting area, and he has been working with EMS director Brian Jennings to make sure the procedures manual, which outlines the steps to be taken when a deceased individual is picked up, held and handed over to a specific funeral home, meet what’s required by law.
The deadline for River Park Hospital to stop taking the county’s deceased individuals is July 1.