The Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees granted a variance request submitted by the Shell Knob Eagles Club during its regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 15.
Roger Brock, health department administrator, said that the property where the Eagles Club is located currently utilizes a 750-gallon septic tank and a 50-gallon grease trap.
The organization is being forced to pump the septic tank once a week to keep the lateral lines from backing up. Wastewater is not surfacing on the property at this time.
"The lateral field is 30 inches deep," said Brock. "It is believed that if you cut the flow to a lateral field, the ground will recover. They are interested in going back in and putting in a LPP (low pressure pipe) at a higher elevation."
The LPP system will be set up on a time release schedule, which will allow the system to release throughout the day giving the ground more time to absorb the wastewater.
"The system will have a 1,000-gallon trash tank, a 1,000-gallon pump tank and a 1,000-gallon grease trap," said Brock. "It will also have a control panel with a time to dose smaller amounts throughout the day.
"I feel this is a viable option to fix the problem they have," said Brock. "It will meet the setback requirements to the well."
The pump tank will house the system pumps, timers, an override switch and an alarm. The override switch will allow the system to override the timers if necessary.
The system will encroach on the property line setback requirements at one spot along the boundary that is shared with Rapid Roberts. At that point, the system will be eight feet from the property line instead of 10 feet. John Starchman, board chairman, directed Brock to notify the owners of Rapid Roberts about the setback issue.
Brock presented the board with a signed letter from the Eagles Club board members that stated that if the system failed they will replace the LLP with a drip system.
"I feel this option can be successful based on the soil types," said Brock.
In old business, the health board approved a $907,853 budget for 2012.
In 2011, the health department received $945,868 in revenue and recorded $934,685 in expenditures.
"Last year, we did the construction in Monett, and then we had some repairs at the Monett office," said Nancy Boyd, executive assistant. "We think we have that construction reconciled and there won't be anymore.
"We are trying to cut some expenditures next year," said Boyd. "We are trying to be more conservative."
In other business, the Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees:
* Approved a $907,853 budget for 2012.
* Heard that flu vaccine is still available at the Monett and Cassville offices.
* Approved the service fees, public health programs report, service count, environmental report and director's report.