A temporary location switch for the Dallas County Driver’s License Department could help alleviate the department’s ongoing space needs, according to Treasurer Darrell Bauman at a recent Dallas County Board of Supervisors meeting.
Moving the current Driver’s License Department to the Board of Supervisor’s current office, 121 N. 9th St. in Adel, was one option presented earlier this month and was again addressed by Bauman at the April 15 meeting.
Bauman, who is “ready to make the move,” said the area would include an employee station area, a testing area, and two offices. The proposed area would be remodeled and updated for a project estimate of $25,797.
If Bauman’s staff would make the move into the office, the Human Resources Department would have to be relocated into a smaller space, which posed some concerns with Director of Human Resources Erin Freeman.
“I only have two concerns: maintaining confidentiality with all the people who would be around us in the (Driver’s License Department) area, and the space because we sometimes meet with three or four people at a time,” she said.
Supervisor Mark Hanson expressed he was supportive of the idea, but only if some logistical questions could be answered and the space wasn’t temporary.
Chairman Kim Chapman added, “We may help fix one department’s problems but we create other logistical problems in the meantime. Those are real concerns about how other people will feel talking to HR in that setting.”
Bauman said he doesn’t share the Supervisor’s concerns about employee confidentiality being compromised if the Driver’s License Department was located in the same building as Human Resources.
“There would be a door separating the functions,” he said. “I really hate to kick it around down the road a couple months because I really question if you will have a solution out there. We’ve been at this for three years.” He added not only his staff is being affected but some members of the public are voicing their concerns. Chapman responded saying he has not received any complaints or concerns about waiting issues. “Just because you aren’t getting them doesn’t mean that they aren’t being made or aren’t real,” Bauman responded back.
After some discussion, Chapman said he is not looking to put a “band-aid on the problem,” but rather, “I’m looking for more of a permanent solution. It’s critical the residents know how cramped we are for space. The issue isn’t disappearing; it’s growing and becoming more serious.”
Supervisor Brad Golighlty said he understood the request, but is still on the fence about making a decision.
“We are all working toward making the big change,” he said. “To me, it seems like we are so close, but we still wiggle. Maybe that’s what we need to do.”
The board made no decision on Bauman’s request and will re-address the issue again during the month of May.
During their April 22 meeting, the board approved:
• Melvin Stodden to fill Dexter City Council’s open seat in Dexter’s special election held last Tuesday, April 15. Stodden received 67 votes and his opposer, J.J. Moorehouse had 56 votes.
• To set time and date for drainage district $19 for June 10 at 2 p.m.; Fiscal Year 2014-15 budget amendment for May 13 at 9:30 a.m.; TKB Enterprises right-of-way easement for May 6 at 9:30 a.m.; and,
• Dallas County Conservation’s request for .29 credits to sell to MidAmerican Energy.