Gary Council To Approve $8,500 Transfer

Gary Council To Approve $8,500 Transfer

The Gary Com­mon Coun­cil is set to approve a finan­cial trans­fer for the Sex­u­al­ly-Trans­mit­ted Dis­eases pro­gram at its Health Depart­ment – a pro­gram that will cov­er the costs of prop­er­ly get­ting rid of poten­tial­ly con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed substances.

The Finance Com­mit­tee looked at the ordi­nance that would trans­fer $8,449 to ensure the cur­rent cal­en­dar years for its Ster­ile Cycle efforts. The process will ensure sub­stances taint­ed by var­i­ous sub­stances in an STD test are got­ten rid of in ways that do not cause the virus or bac­te­ria to spread.

The mon­ey would be sent into the Health Department’s bud­get for con­trac­tu­al main­te­nance. It would derive from an area of the bud­get that cov­ers wages and salaries.

Shirley Hawkins, health direc­tor, said the trans­fer was made pos­si­ble with some depart­ment employ­ees work­ing few­er hours than what had been bud­get­ed for. This led to the near­ly $8,500 sur­plus in its pay­roll. She said the bud­get trans­fer would help significantly.

The ordinance’s final approval is sched­uled to take place on Oct. 16 when the full Com­mon Coun­cil meets once again. Mem­bers of the Finance Com­mit­tee have said they sup­port the measure.

Coun­cil­man Herb Smith said the mon­ey is a neces­si­ty to prop­er­ly get rid of con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed materials. 


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