Health department requests architectural drawings for addition to Monett facility

Friday, November 28, 2008

On Nov. 20, the Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees requested Richard Werner, of Werner and Associates, of Springfield, prepare drawings and bid specifications for an addition that will be constructed at the Monett office.

Kathleen King, health department administrator, presented the board with plans that were prepared by Werner for the expansion of the Monett facility. The building project would add around 1,000 square feet to the 1,600-square-foot office.

After reviewing the plans, the board voted to request Werner prepare architectural drawings and bid specifications for the project. The specifications will include requests for alternative proposals for vinyl siding on the exterior walls that do not face Highway 37, a vestibule and brick ledges on the foundation that could be used to add brick on the exterior at a later date.

The board hopes to go out to bid on the project early next year.

Board members would like to complete the project for around $62,000, which is the amount of funding remaining from a grant that the department received from the Missouri Foundation for Health last year.

Earlier this year, the grant was used to complete a renovation project at the Monett facility. The renovations, which were completed by Bud Lowe Construction, of Cassville, increased the size of the crawl space beneath the Monett facility and reinforced the office structure with floor joists.

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

* Directed King to research a policy that could be added to the county food service ordinance regarding establishments operating without a food service permit.

* Voted to purchase a sign that will read "The Joyce Vaughan Memorial Clinic." The sign will be placed at the health department office in Cassville.

* Hired Sharon Schacht as an office clerk.

* Heard that Dr. Allison Heider has accepted the position of medical director.

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