Health board approves variance request

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

On Dec. 20, the Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees granted a variance request to Donna Lombregoia, owner of Nonna's Nummies in Shell Knob.

"They are trying to correct issues with their current system, and they have been advised that a wastewater treatment system is needed there," said Roger Brock, Barry County Health Department administrator. "They are proposing a drip system, and Hill and Hill is the contractor for the project."

Brock explained that a soil scientist found that the land is heavily composed of clay.

"Some areas are not real conducive for a traditional system," said Brock. "The space they have is not adjacent to any living areas. It is bordered by road on two sides."

The water used on the property has been metered and shows that around 350 gallons are used each day. A 600-gallon treatment system was recommended to help provide services during peak times.

"They are limited on space," said Brock. "The area that they have proposed for the system is really the only area they have because they have to get away from the existing system and meet the set back requirements from the well."

The system will be installed in a 3,200-square-foot area. The system will be composed of four tanks, including a 1,000-gallon grease trap, a 1,000-gallon septic tank and a 1,250-gallon pump tank. The system will be rated to treat up to 750 gallons per day.

"It is one of the better systems available," said Brock. "It will be located 100 feet from other property lines and more than 150 feet from the well.

"The variance will be for the reduction in the irrigation field," said Brock. "It is a little less than our sizing requirements."

The board members voted unanimously to approve the variance request. Lombregoia indicated that the system would be installed as soon as possible.

Carol Landstad, public health programs coordinator, presented her monthly report, which included information on the health programs staff members presented in the county over the last month.

Landstad reported that the health department is still seeing some flu cases in Barry County. Around two to three cases are reported each week.

The health department still has 300 adult flu vaccination doses available. Vaccine is also available for children.

In other business, the health board:

* Voted to purchase a new environmental water testing incubator for the Cassville office at a cost of $1,806.

* Approved the purchase of a copy machine for the Monett office and maintenance agreement with Pierson Kelly, of Springfield. Staff members will be responsible for selecting the copy machine to fit the needs of the facility.

* Reviewed the service fees report, which showed that $4,629.89 was collected in November. The department has collected more in the first 11 months of 2012 than the total amount of service fees collected in 2011.

* Approved the service counts, which showed that 993 services were provided at the Cassville office and 812 services were provided at the Monett office last month.

* Reviewed and approved the environmental report, which showed that 13 wastewater systems were permitted and 18 routine food inspections were conducted in November.

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