WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Board voted 12-7 this week to withdraw Iroquois County from the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department, setting in motion the process of ending the agency next summer.
The board's vote was in response to a recommendation on Oct. 31 from the board's policy and procedure committee to end the county's involvement in the bi-county agency, which also serves Ford County.
The Iroquois County Board has expressed frustration that disagreement over decisions affecting the health department has persisted since early this year between the county boards, as well as each county board's appointed representatives on the board of health. Some proposals, including the Iroquois County Board's recommendation to remove Public Health Administrator Doug Corbett, were met with resistance due to the apparent division that is based on county lines, Iroquois County Board members said.
The Ford County Board has indicated that it, too, plans to vote on a resolution to withdraw its county from the health department. The board had listed the resolution on its agenda for Monday's meeting but was unable to take action because the board had not yet received the required approval from the state health department's director, LaMar Hasbrouck.