A portion of the Madison County Health Department on Hwy. 98 is slowly sinking and county leaders approved action Monday to correct the problem.
County engineer Phil Munro informed county commissioners that part of the facility is sinking by roughly half an inch a year.
“For about a year I took survey measurements of the settlement at the health department, and have seen about a half inch of settlement,” said Munro at the July 28 board of commissioners’ meeting. “We’re seeing significant buckling in terms of cracking in the exterior brick and interior wallboard, racking of doors and windows along two halls as you face the health department, it would be on the left side of the building. About a fourth to a third of the building is being impacted.”
Munro received two bids from companies, Atlanta Ram Jack and Foundation Supportworks, interested in repairing the building. He recommended that the board go with Atlanta Ram Jack for $29,900, saying that the company had a better plan for remedying the foundational problem.
Munro said the facility won’t need to be closed during the work.
Commissioner Stanley Thomas said action is needed.
“It’s not stable ground under it and it’s not going to get any better (without action),” he said.