The Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees reviewed mileage rates at its regularly scheduled meeting on April 21.
Roger Brock, health department administrator, presented the board with mileage information submitted by the environmental public health specialists.
While conducting food service, wastewater, childcare, lodging and other inspections, each environmental staff member travels around 905 miles each month or close to 11,000 miles each year.
In March, the board voted to increase the mileage rate from 45 cents to 50 cents per mile.
"Based on other counties, I think we are at a fair mileage rate," said Brock. "We are above what a lot of other counties in the area offer."
The board voted to leave the mileage rate at 50 cents, which is close to the rates recommended by the state and federal government. Board member Rocky Mills suggested the board revisit the issue if gas costs increase over $4 per gallon.
In other business, the Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees:
* Reviewed the service fees, public health programs, service counts and environmental services reports.
* Heard that the Monett office was connected to the city sewer system by Virgil Davis. The project cost was $3,083.86.
* Received an estimate for repairs to the Monett office. Bud Lowe estimated that the repair project would cost $1,850.
* Heard that 50 water samples were submitted to the health department during public health week.