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DSS and Health Department buildings in desperate need of renovation

January 21, 2010
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WAYNESVILLE, NC – The Haywood County Department of Social Services (DSS) and Health Department facilities are in desperate need of repair due to a number of fire code violations and severe maintenance issues, according to the Smoky Mountain News.

According to the story, the renovations needed in the DSS building — a former county hospital built in 1927 — are extensive, and the layout of the building with its wide hospital-style corridors and oddly-sized rooms are not an efficient facility for the 12,000 residents that visit the DSS each year.

Commissioner Skeeter Curtis is urging the public to visit the building and see first-hand the need for renovations, as the cost would likely come from taxpayer dollars, the story stated.

Curtis said: "I think this is a lesson that all of us should learn. The better you take care of your facilities and your belongings, the better off you''re going to be in the long run."

An additional 15,000 to 20,000 square feet of space would need to be added to the DSS building in order to comply with state requirements, the story added.

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