City/County health department talks to continue - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

City/County health department talks to continue

Dr. Steven Presley, Chair, Lubbock Board of Health Dr. Steven Presley, Chair, Lubbock Board of Health
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lubbock City Council will move forward on negotiations with Lubbock County for a proposed City/County Health Department.  On Wednesday, Board of Health Chairman, Dr. Steve Presley will make a presentation to the City Council. 

Back in late October KCBD.com reported that Councilman Jim Gilbreath was proposing to at least ask the County about a joint health department.  The City of Lubbock Health Department had survived some but not all proposed budget cuts and Council  members wanted to save money without cutting services.  The Board Of Health was asked to contact Lubbock County.

"They had tasked us to establish communication." Presley said. "So, we did that" 

Presley says County Judge Tom Head attended a recent Board of Health meeting and Presley quotes the Judge as saying, "Sure, we can talk about it.  We don't have any money this year.  But maybe next year."

Mayor Tom Martin says there is a "willingness to cooperate -- not on this fiscal year but perhaps in the future."  Martin says there will be "more detail in future talks."

In order for the Board of Health to continue such talks, it would need permission from the City Council.  The issue will come up at Wednesday's City Council meeting.

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