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Jury opens bids for health unit renovations

VIDALIA — The Concordia Parish Police Jury voted to open bidding Monday on the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Concordia Parish Health Unit.

The health unit is located on Mickey Gilley Drive in Ferriday and provides basic health services, such as family planning, immunization and sexually transmitted disease testing.

The renovations will change the reception area to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, according to Department of Health and Hospitals Region 6 Medical Director David Holcombe.

“The changes are pretty modest,” Holcombe said. “The two reception areas are currently open. Renovations would enclose the reception areas and make them a more private.”

The Police Jury is scheduled to open received bids on Aug. 26.

In other news from the meeting:

• The police jury accepted a $7,000 bid from Concordia Metals to purchase seven recycling bins.

• The police jury approved the purchase and installation of an additional toilet in the Concordia Parish Jail, estimated to cost $2,500.

• The police jury approved a $26,000 payment to Silas Simmons LLP, a certified public accountants firm in Natchez.