Barry County Health Board approves special use permit

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees approved a special use permit during its regularly scheduled meeting on July 26.

The permit was issued for a 1,000-gallon holding tank at the Frito Lay warehouse in Monett.

"There is no exposed soil on the lot," said Roger Brock, health department administrator. "It is all parking lot. When it was built, they didn't realize that the facility would require a bathroom."

The addition of a bathroom was requested after the facility was completed and the lot was paved.

"They are retrofitting the building for a toilet and spetic," said Brock. "It is a warehouse, so there will be minimal traffic. A single employee or a driver might come in for a short time. I feel a holding tank is appropriate for this facility."

Brock said the tank will need to be pumped every three to six months. Frito Lay has already contracted with a pumping service in Verona.

"There are hookups for trucks on the west side of the building," said Brock. "They need to place the septic area in a location where trucks will not drop off in it. They would like to set the holding tank within five feet of the property line."

Frito Lay has obtained signatures from all neighbors okaying the placement of the holding tank. None of the neighbors objected to the proposed location.

Brock said the tank will be fitted with a high water alarm to alert the company when pumping is needed.

"From the experiences I have had with Frito Lay corporation on other issues, I can say that they are good about taking care of things," said Brock. "I think this special use permit is warranted."

The board approved the special use permit.

In other business, the board heard that the department will receive a $1,404.42 rebate from United Health and rebates in the amounts of $1,826.57 and $57.98 from Anthem.

Health insurance companies are required to provide rebates if less than 80 percent of premiums were spent on healthcare services during the year. A portion of the rebate will be returned to the department and the remainder will be distributed to employees using a formula provided through the Affordable Care Act.

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

* Voted to discontinue facility floor mat cleaning service contract with Aramark, which cost the department $2,64.21 last year and $1,671.50 through July of this year.

* Scheduled the holiday staff luncheon to be held at the Barry County Museum on Highway 112 south of Cassville from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14. The department will be closed beginning at noon on that date.

* Reviewed the service fees, public health programs, service counts and environmental reports.

* Heard that the health department received a $25,000 grant from the Missouri Foundation of Health for equipment and supplies.

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