WINFIELD - The Putnam County Health Department finished its fiscal year 2012-2013 well in the red and still owes $344,372.60 in outstanding bills.
Lolita Kirk, the department's temporary administrator, gave the Putnam County Commission a budget report at its regular meeting Tuesday morning that detailed the department's income, expenditures and outstanding debts.
The report wasn't news to commissioners, who have been paying outstanding bills one by one since the department was dissolved earlier in the summer because of financial strains.
Kirk provided a list of outstanding debts, many of which aren't yet finalized as she works with vendors to negotiate settlements for things like equipment leases.
Commissioner Steve Andes asked Kirk about $20,000 owed to Jesse Greer for website development.
Kirk said that invoice was hand delivered in June, but she hasn't been able to locate a contract.
"I could not locate any contract for him," Kirk said. "What he provided me was an e-mail, which was more or less just a discussion between health department staff and him, but no agreement."
"Did he develop a website?" Andes asked.
"There was a website up and running," Kirk said. "A few people I've talked to in the technology field - in their estimate, not a $20,000 website," Kirk said. "We're working on getting some of that pulled off, updated, modernized."
Commissioners also heard a presentation from Teays Valley Church of God pastors Melissa and Tom Pratt about the new facility they plan to build just east of Rocky Step Road on Teays Valley Road near Scott Depot.
The Pratts told the commission that the new building will seat 1,200 people in a multipurpose room set up as two basketball courts. The building will also have a large kitchen to accommodate banquets and conference rooms. The total cost of the project will be $4.3 million.
Teays Valley Church of God will have worship in the new building on Sundays, but they intend to make the building available to the public as a community center during the week.
"We plan on developing on the building to the point where we have programs that meet not just the spiritual needs but also the physical, emotional, social, recreational needs of people in the community as well," Melissa Pratt said.
Tom Pratt added that their goal is not to just build a church, but a center for the entire county.