Jackson County Commissioners on Tuesday night were expected to consider accepting a $17,650 grant to renovate the Jackson County Health Department building to make the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) section safer and more convenient for staff and the clients they see.
The infrastructure money approved for the county would be used to address problems in the lobby and at the front desk of the WIC office. The dollars were offered through the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services program.
Officials said in a report that the changes will better protect staff and participants by minimizing the potential of spreading of viruses in the WIC clinic, located at 4979 Healthy Way, within the overall health department facility there.
The glass that separates the WIC clerk from the lobby is not efficient, officials said, and the speaker doesn’t work correctly. “Participants feel the need to lean over to talk through the pass-through section to communicate with the clerk,” the report states. “Also, the opening isn’t large enough for the items that often must be provided either to or from the participant, thereby requiring the clerk to rise and go to the participant. It is not efficient.”
And once inside the clinic, the report states “there is no barrier to protect the WIC clerk or participant from the spread of viruses.” It goes on to describe the physical dimensions of the furnishings, desktop barriers and ceiling height to show that insufficiency, and the means of addressing the problems.
“The renovation would be to replace the glass intake window adjacent to the lobby with a window that has a larger area to speak through and a larger area to pass needed information between the clerk and the participant ..and install glass/windows on the WIC clinic side of the WIC front desk area,” the document states.
The associated paperwork in the county’s agenda packet includes a quote for the work from Finch Fire-N-Water out of Chipley, totaling $17,650.
See the board’s decision in the online Floridan or the Saturday print edition: The meeting had been rescheduled from its normal time of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and therefore had not been held as of press time for this edition.