Health board to proceed on Monett building project

Thursday, October 23, 2008

On Oct. 16, the Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees voted to move forward with a project that will construct additional space at the department's satellite office in Monett.

"I walked through the Monett facility, and the contractor is essentially finished," said board chairman John Starchman. "He just has to get the access grates in place and touch up the brick work."

In August, the board accepted a $65,738 bid with a 50-day work schedule from Bud Lowe Construction, of Cassville, for the project that included plans to dig out the crawl space beneath the Monett facility and reinforce the office structure with floor joists. Most of the work was completed within 20 days.

"They reinforced the center beam by placing steel on each side," said Starchman. "The floors are not soft now. He also doubled each of the four cross joists under the building. I don't believe we need the particle board subfloor now. We can replace that when the floor covering is worn out."

Starchman suggested the health department move forward with a project that will construct an addition that is between 400 and 500 square feet at the Monett facility. He suggested the project also include plans to update the roof line.

The board authorized Kathleen King, health department administrator, to contact Richard Werner, of Werner and Associates, of Springfield, and ask him to design plans and bid specifications for the project.

The board plans to request bids for the project within the next few months. Board members hope to complete the project for around $62,000, which is the amount of funds remaining from the $121,000 grant that the department received from the Missouri Foundation for Health last year.

The board also heard that five Barry County food service establishments are operating without a food service permit. The businesses that are in violation include: Aunt Kathy's in Cassville; Prime Cut in Monett; the Sale Barn Cafe in Exeter; and Seligman Super Stop and Rancho El Campesino in Seligman.

According to the county's food service ordinance, businesses can be charged $1,000 each day that they are in operation without a food service permit. The five businesses in violation are over 150 days delinquent in renewing their permits.

King stated that she sent letters of violation to all five businesses on July 1, Aug. 1 and Oct. 1. She has spoken to representatives of two of the businesses, which are attempting to correct the violation.

"Our first priority is to make sure the public is offered a safe product," said Starchman. "If they have not made application for a permit and we do not have the authority to inspect their business, they should be closed to protect the public."

The board voted to authorize King to follow-up on the accounts that do not currently have their food service permits and taxes in order according to state law. King was asked to contact the health department's attorney regarding the issue.

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

the 2008-09 fiscal year.

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