HEALTH DEPARTMENT CLOSED THIS FRIDAY (May 27th) DUE TO BUDGET CUTS, and CLOSED ON MONDAY (May 30th) TO OBSERVE MEMORIAL DAY.

 May 24, 2011

*WIC OFFICE IN COLUMBUS ONLY WILL REMAIN OPEN ON May 27th*

 

On Friday, May 27th  2011, the Columbus (Muscogee), Crisp, Macon, Marion, Quitman and Schley County Health Departments in the West Central Health District will be closed and employees required to take a day off without pay due to budget cuts.  

 However, The Women, Infant and Children (WIC) office will remain open in Columbus to serve the public.  

 “Unfortunately, the health department continues to experience budget challenges and therefore the need for employee furlough days continue as well. We regret any difficulty this one day a month closure may be causing the community.  Public Health continues to strive to meet the needs of the public during challenging financial times.” states Ed Saidla, District Program Manager.  The entire Health Department will also be closed on Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day.

 The Columbus Department of Public Health resides in the Health and Human Services Building located at 2100 Comer Avenue.  Please note this facility houses multiple agencies.  This notice of agency closure for the Health & Human Service Building pertains specifically to the Columbus Department of Public Health located on the 2nd floor.

 Furloughing of staff is not something any of our Boards of Health take lightly and they understand that it affects our employees and the communities we serve.  The agency closure schedule due to budget cuts for the next month of 2011 for the Health Department’s in the West Central Health District affected by budget cuts are as follows:

County Board of Health Authorized

Closure Dates - Due to Budget Cuts/State Holiday

 

Friday, June 17, 2011                           Closed Due to Budget Cuts

 

At this time, the assignment of furlough dates for Fiscal Year 2012, beginning July 1, 2011 has not been allocated.