Health board approves construction bid

Thursday, April 26, 2007

On April 19, the Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees approved a $133,450 construction bid for an addition and improvements at the Health Department s Cassville office.

The board reviewed three bids, including: a $166,151 bid from Dalton-Killinger Con-struction Co., of Joplin; a $142,290 bid from Friga Construction Inc., of Springfield; and a $133,450 bid from Lacey Brothers Construction Inc.

After accepting the base bid from Lacey Brothers, the board approved a $10,500 bid for roof improvements and a $22,750 bid for siding from the construction company, which will be working on a 90-day work schedule.

The board accepted a $8,440 bid from Richard Werner for architectural services in September. Werner will provide all architectural services throughout the construction project.

Project plans include an addition for environmental services at the back of the Cassville office. The current reception area and main entrance will remain in the current location.

The department has set aside around $400,000 for capital improvement projects. Improvements at the Cassville facility will be funded by these monies. The board is also considering an improvement project at the Monett office.

In old business, the board heard that the Barry County Commission had no objection to the proposed changes to the county food ordinance, which the health department submitted to the commission earlier this year.

The amended county food ordinance requires food service managers to complete either a ServSafe food service training course or an equivalent food service course.

According to the amended ordinance, managers will have one year to complete training and submit proper documentation to the health department. If training has not been completed within one year, the business will receive a critical violation during inspection.

In addition, food service businesses must have at least one properly trained employee who can demonstrate or produce proof of training on-site during all operating hours.

Training is currently available through several sources. The health department will offer ServSafe training classes in the near future.

The amended food ordinance also includes increases for current food service permit fees. Low priority permits will be increased from $20 to $50. Medium priority permits will increase from $40 to $100 and high priority permits will increase from $40 to $150.

We have not increased the fees since 1996 when the ordinance was first enacted, said Kathleen King, health department administrator. These fee increases do not cover even half the costs of providing this service.

In other business, the Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees:

" Heard that a public information exercise for the Regional Emergency Prepa-redness Planning Committee has been scheduled to be held on May 11.

" Discussed a statewide resource guide that is being compiled by the United Way 211 system.

" Heard that the health department will receive $3,300 in Sho Me Healthy Women grant funds.

" Discussed aesthetic improvements for the improvement project at the Cassville office.

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