William Carroll center will serve north county

By Barry Eberling, The Daily Republic
Posted: 09/14/2012

VACAVILLE — Solano County on Tuesday celebrated the completion of its $19 million William J. Carroll Government Center. By Sept. 19, it plans to have the health and social services programs there ready for the public.

A couple hundred people, ranging from elected officials to Carroll family members, gathered in the parking lot for the 40-minute ceremony. It ended with the cutting of a red ribbon spread across the door to the 36,864-square-foot building.

The Carroll center is located at 1119 E. Monte Vista Ave. County Health and Social Services Director Patrick Duterte called it a “one-stop” location for north county residents to get county services.

Services will include primary care, dental care, substance abuse treatment, mental health programs, child welfare programs, employment and eligibility programs and older and disabled adult programs. Touro University will place medical staff at the Carroll center, as it does at other county health centers.

Money for the center came largely from a state tobacco lawsuit settlement. The dental clinic portion was built with $2.2 million from federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funds.

Tuesday’s ceremony focused not only on the building, but also on Carroll himself. The late Vacaville resident served more than 36 years on the Vacaville Planning Commission, Vacaville City Council and Solano County Board of Supervisors. He died in 2003.

County Administrator Birgitta Corsello said the Carroll center marks the first time Solano County has named a building after a person.

“In 162 years, we haven’t put a name on a building, so this is significant,” Corsello said.

Supervisor John Vasquez before the ceremony recalled how he as a youth bought records at Carroll’s store. He served four years as Carroll’s Board of Supervisors administrative assistant before winning the 4th District supervisor seat in 2003.

“The building is simply to deliver what Bill believed in and that was the health and welfare of the community,” Vasquez said.

Initial hours at the center will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, county Public Health Division Administrator Lynn Bramwell said. That could change later on, depending on if there is demand for hours in the evenings or on Saturdays.

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