Logan County Coroner Mary Givens got the good news at Tuesday’s Fiscal Court meeting, the lease has been signed between the county and Young Funeral Home and she will soon be able to move into her new temporary home.
Givens has been fighting for an adequate space to work out of and set up the county’s morgue for months. She had been working out of Logan Memorial Hospital for quite some time, however, after the county received a freezer to store bodies, she began asking the magistrates for a place they could call their own.
The city of Russellville was gracious to allow Givens to move into an old maintenance building at the end of Maple Grove Cemetery the end of 2012, however, this location has not met the needs of the coroner and thus another search began.
The county decided to advertise for a place to rent, giving time for magistrates to look into other options such as building or buying space for the coroner. Young Funeral Home was the only bite that met all the criteria. It’s taken a few months to get the lease signed, but now it’s full steam ahead.
Givens will be able to move from Maple Grove to Young’s soon. She will take the freezer with her, which may require a little work to fit it in the new place. Judge Executive Logan Chick will now allocate the funds, which will be taken out of contingency monies. The county will be paying Young $350 per month on a month to month basis.
“I think we are going to see how this works out first, and possibility move forward with finding a more permanent place,” said Chick.