BCHD approves special use permit

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees approved a special use permit for a wastewater system that will be placed in Eagle Rock on property owned by Tom Wright.

Brad Carroll, the wastewater system installer, submitted a proposal for two 1,000-gallon holding tanks.

"The lot is really small," said Roger Brock, health department administrator. "The property owner approached a neighbor to try to reach an agreement for an easement to put the system in, but that was a no go.

"There is very little footage available on the property," Brock continued. "The house basically sits on the property line."

Brock said the current wastewater system is failing and must be replaced. Due to the space limitations, he recommended the board approve the special use permit for the two holding tanks.

"This is a vacation, weekend home," said Brock. "The tanks will have an audio/visual alarm system and high water flow alarms in the tanks."

The board approved a special use permit with a three-year renewal requirement, which will allow the health department to check the property owner's holding tank pumping records.

The board also voted to purchase two 280-square-foot storage buildings from Fairview Structures at a cost of $7,000. Shelving and installation are included in the cost. The expenditure will be paid for using grant funds from the Missouri Foundation For Health (MFFH).

Brock also obtained cost information on buildings sold at Lowe's and Sears. Lowe's offers 240- and 320-square-foot buildings for $4,189 and $5,198, respectively. The costs do not include shelving or installation. Sears offers a 240-square-foot building for $6,699.99.

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

* Completed new signature cards for an account that was established for the $25,000 grant received from MFFH. The account was established to separate the grant funds from normal operating funds.

* Heard that Brock attended mass prophylactic or bioterrorism response training and a mass fatality meeting that offered information on how Joplin dealt with fatalities after the May 2011 tornado.

* Voted not to change the employee mileage reimbursement rate.

* Approved the service fees report, which showed that the department collected $9,611.94 in fees in August. The total was a 114.25 percent increase over August of 2011.

* Heard that the department is now administering children's flu vaccinations.

* Reviewed the public health programs report, which showed that employees attended the National Tobacco Conference in Kansas City and a bioterrism strategic national stockpile workshop last month. Employees also participated in an emergency preparedness table top exercise and the Barry County OACAC School Readiness Fair and administered hepatitis A and B vaccines to drug court participants and TB skin tests to health program students at the career center in Monett.

* Approved the service count report, which showed that the Cassville and Monett offices offered 2,372 services, and the environmental report that indicated that 11 wastewater systems were permitted and 35 routine food inspections were conducted in August.

* Heard that environmental public health specialists made a complaint inspection on an unlicensed tattoo artist. Brock said the board could consider establishing a tattoo ordinance for the county.

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