Health board reviews wastewater ordinance

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees received a draft of proposed changes to the county's wastewater ordinance at its regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 17.

The proposed ordinance, which is currently also under review by the Barry County Commission, includes a new property transfer certificate requirement. The requirement is modeled after a regulation that has been instituted in Stone County.

"If a system is older than 10 years or has never received a permit, we will ask for a loan evaluation to be done on the property with a copy provided to us," said Roger Brock, health department administrator. "If the system doesn't meet regulation it will need to be replaced or upgraded. If it is good, then the sale can move right along."

The evaluation will only be required when a property is sold, said Brock.

"This is designed to protect the new owner?" asked Rocky Mills, board member.

Board Chairman John Starchman said the requirement would also protect the realtor working on the sale.

"Our objective is to take care of existing older systems," said Brock. "We will provide a list of inspectors who are certified by the state. Our environmental staff will not be doing these inspections."

Brock said there are around seven certified inspectors working in Barry County.

The board will review the entire proposed wastewater ordinance over the next month. They will also await feedback from the county commission before adopting any changes.

"We can adopt all, part or none of these proposed changes," said Starchman. "We need to take time with this."

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

* Reviewed the monthly service counts, which showed that a total of 22,205 services were provided in 2012. The Cassville office offered 11,996 of the services, and the Monett office provided 10,209 of the services.

* Approved the 2012 budget adjustment, which adjusted last year's budget numbers to actuals.

* Reviewed the monthly service fees, which showed that the department collected $59,817.13 in 2012. This is a 112.88 percent increase over the total service fees collected in 2011, which was $52,993.70.

* Amended the 2013 budget by increasing the amount of Missouri Foundation of Health grant funds from $13,725.20 to $15,509.50.

* Approved the open and closed session minutes from the Dec. 20, 2012, meeting. During the closed session, the board approved a 2 percent pay increase for all staff members.

* Reviewed the monthly environmental report, which showed that 107 wastewater systems were permitted and 299 routine food inspections were conducted in 2012.

* Approved a request to allow Suzanne Ball, WIC coordinator, to attend the national WIC conference in Little Rock, Ark., April 14 through April 17. Funding for the conference and travel expenses is provided through WIC.

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