Housed under the same roof on Briw Road in Placerville since 1996, the county’s Child Support department will separate from the Health and Human Services Department and move to Shingle Springs.
The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors authorized the move at its Aug. 14 meeting and approved a lease agreement with Carlton Commercial Properties for 10 years, 10 months at the company’s headquarters building on Ponderosa Road. Rent for the 18,600 square foot facility and the extended agreement will total $3,839,539, according to the board’s agenda documents.
Citing lack of space for current and proposed services at Briw Road, department head Laura Roth described the Carlton building as more “centrally located to the population served by Child Support Services” and “a major benefit to operational opportunities.”
The documents further note that the department will be able to provide “increased outreach, host family law clinics and job fairs, facilitate multi-party mediations and case orientation meetings.”
Child Support currently has approximately 64 employees, according to the county’s Website.
Beginning Oct. 1, the county will pay $1.32 per square foot, and over the life of the agreement the lease amount will increase incrementally every year to top out at $1.80 by Fiscal Year 2023-24.
County Facilities Manager Russ Fackrell said in an e-mail to the Mountain Democrat that Alan Carlton of Carlton Engineering had structured the lease with the county as a way to “scale down” and that his firm doesn’t “require that much space at this time.”
The lease agreement includes janitorial service, sewer, water and propane expenses as well as tenant improvement allowances and existing modular and office furniture. Early termination of the agreement would result in a penalty to reimburse Carlton for “upfront expenses.” However, after the fifth year, the county retains the option “to terminate the lease without any further financial obligation or penalty.”
In addition to Child Support Services, the Ponderosa Road facility will also be the new home of the county’s Revenue Recovery Division currently located at the government center’s building A and a small division of related Health and Human Services Agency staff from Briw Road.
HHSA staff are currently spread throughout numerous satellite buildings in Placerville and moving them to the Briw Road site will reduce “inefficiencies,” the documents state. Toward that end, administrative and fiscal staff from the public health division of HHSA will relocate to Briw Road. They have generally been housed in the decades-old Pioneer hospital buildings off Spring Street in Placerville for many years.
While the increased space at Briw will not accommodate all of the many HHSA programs operated by the county, Communications Officer and Health Programs Manager Margaret Williams reported the following:
“In terms of services to the public, there should be little change. We plan to continue providing the following programs at Briw Road:
We are continuing to discuss ways we can enhance our services to members of the community by integrating and co-locating programs that provide similar services and/or serve the same clients. If changes are made at any of our sites and/or if programs/services are moved, we will make every effort to inform our clients and partnering agencies in a timely manner.”
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