The auditor recommended the health department purchase a drop box safe so that money deposits can be deposited daily.
"Only I would have the key," McKinney told board members, who agreed to purchase one.
McKinney also said that a payment plan has been set up with the IRS. The department will pay $700 a month, he said.
Also at the meeting, Putnam Commissioner Joe Haynes, who sits on the health board, addressed concerns about a recent TV station's report that the health department hadn't inspected restaurants in two years.
"It's absolutely not true," Haynes said.
McKinney, who took the job as administrator after serving as sanitarian, where his main job was handling restaurant inspections -- said he's still helping to conduct inspections.
"Maybe since I [became administrator] they're a month or two behind," he said.
However, McKinney told board members that another health sanitarian has been hired and will start work after the person is approved by the state and receives training.
"We're doing the best we can with what we have," he said.
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