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County may resurrect paving work
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Budget discussions in Warren County government could breathe new life into paving at Warren County Temporary Morgue, an issue that was pulled from consideration in 2015.
The county Safety Committee considered the proposed budget for Warren County Temporary Morgue on Monday night. EMS director Preston Denney is requesting $26,000 for the upcoming year, which is $2,000 less than given this year.
According to the proposal presented, commissioners placed $28,000 in the facility’s budget for fiscal year 2016-17. As of May 12, 2017, there has been $11,993 used.
The new fiscal year begins July 1.
Committee members asked Denney why he feels the department needs $26,000 in its budget even though he only used $11,993.
Denney did have a confession to make.
“I didn’t know the morgue budget existed until a few months ago,” said Denney. “Everything we’ve been using for the morgue came from the ambulance service.”
Because of that, the morgue numbers are an inaccurate depiction of what the facility actually used during the year.
The morgue was complete in July 2015. At that time, a blanket amount was placed in the budget because commissioners had no prior expenditures in which to determine future needs.
What is clear is the morgue is being used more than the county anticipated. Based on numbers given prior to the morgue’s completion, it was projected to handle approximately 30 bodies a year. Denney said there have been 22 bodies the first six months of 2017.
Paving the driveway and parking lot has still not been done. Once the facility was complete, it was discovered paving was left out of the $150,000 construction project and additional monies were not available.
Members unanimously approved leaving the proposed budget at $26,000 with future consideration being made to using any excess funds toward paving in the 2017-18 fiscal year.
For more information, the morgue can be reached at 474-4477.