Vote set on pulling out of health district

PAXTON — The Ford County Board has called a special meeting for Thursday afternoon to vote on withdrawing from the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department and to establish an independent health department serving only Ford County.

The action has been anticipated for several weeks but had been delayed because the board had not yet received approval from the state health department's director, LaMar Hasbrouck.

Chairman Rick Bowen said a letter from Hasbrouck approving the move was received Friday. Within the letter, Hasbrouck encouraged Ford County to apply to become a certified public health department prior to the bi-county agency being dissolved effective June 30, 2014, Bowen said.

The Iroquois County Board last week approved its own resolution to withdraw Iroquois County from the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department, citing its frustrations with the persisting disagreement between the two counties over various actions affecting the agency.

Thursday's special meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 3 p.m. in the meeting room in the basement of the Ford County Jail in Paxton.

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