Dougherty Co. leaders move forward with morgue project

DOCO leaders move forward with morgue project

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Dougherty County leaders are moving forward with the creation of a county morgue.

On Monday, the Dougherty County Commission accepted a proposal for architectural and engineering services for a county morgue.

This was during a county commission work session.

“We’re gonna be looking around at other morgues in the state, trying to see what size building we’re gonna need, getting prices, trying to get a location,” said Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler.

County leaders are hoping to find a location out of the flood zone.

Fowler said they’re currently using Phoebe’s morgue and said that the room there is getting scarce. He said the county needs it now more than ever because of a rise in deaths in our area.

“So we need to get a big enough location that we have room to put the deceased persons because the crime lab is now running out of room too from the COVID virus,” said Fowler.

Commissioners said because Dougherty County is a hub for Southwest Georgia, they are hoping to make the new facility a collaborative effort with others.

Fowler said he will be talking with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and other county coroners about the project.

Officials said during the meeting that these talks may lead to working together or even to additional funding from the GBI and other county coroners for the project.

“I think by us having a large enough place that we may be able to utilize and assist other coroners,” said Fowler.

Fowler is optimistic the new morgue will be complete this year.

The money for the project is coming from SPLOST VII.

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