STANFORD - Behind the Lincoln County Health Department, mounds of rough gravel create a moonscape. Piles of earth blow dust onto parked cars as nails lay in wait around odd sized plywood planks. Diane Miller, public health administrator, surveys the brown coat of dust on her black car and smiles.
"Look at my car!" She seems willing to sacrifice her clean car for the sake of progress at the health department.
After weeks of setbacks due to rain and bedrock, construction at the health department is now progressing smoothly. Work began last month on a building expansion project set to bring an additional 3,000 square feet to the building, and a new parking lot.
Miller said the project would create a new examination room, offices and a conference room, among others.
"We've started construction and are in the process of expanding the basement and first and second floors," said Miller. "We'll have more office space and we'll have a nurses' station."