The Barry County Health Department board made several financial decisions and granted a variance for installation of a wastewater system during its February meeting.
The board reviewed two security system bids for the health department's satellite office in Monett.
A video security system from EZ Watch Pro will cost $3,154. The system includes two interior and two exterior cameras.
S & S Security, of Joplin, submitted a bid for a motion detector security monitoring system that would call the police department if activated. The system would cost around $1,000, and monitoring services would cost $18 per month.
The board asked Kathleen King, administrator, to call the department's insurance company and inquire about discounts that are available for installing a security system. King was also asked to obtain bids for similar systems that could be placed at the office in Cassville.
A requesr for a variance was approved for a septic system at one property in a Shell Knob subdivision. Erin Garren, environmental public health specialist, reported the position of the house on the lot had not left enough room to place the septic tank 10 feet from the property line, which is the standard practice.
Since the tank was sealed, and the rest of the system met requirements, no problem was envisioned from having the tank in a different spot. Board member Pauline Gage suggested the health department require the home owner attach a copy of the variance to the property deed that is located in the Barry County Courthouse. The board approved the variance request with Gage's suggestion.
In other business, the board set a special meeting to discuss bid specifications for a building project that will increase the size of the Monett office.
The board authorized King to sign a Region D Memorandum of Understanding, which states that the health department will share available resources in the event of an emergency.
The financial report for January showed fee revenue was off sharply. The $3,344 total was down 33 percent from the previous January. Activity at the Monett clinic generated 39 percent of the revenue for the month. The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program continues to be the most active service, drawing 1,017 clients. Of those, 52 percent went to the Monett clinic.
Environmental specialists received only one request for a wastewater permit in January. Six permits got final approval. With the salmonella alert, specialists had 370 contacts to make about 281 peanut butter products. Related activity continued into February.
Grace Grebel, the department's health literacy coordinator, reported she had completed preliminary analysis of responses to the health literacy needs analysis survey. Respondents identified health topics chosen by respondents as problematic for local residents. This information will be used by the University of Missouri librarian in the creation of modules on health literacy issues. Materials will be translated into the various languages used in the area.
Grebel noted the goal is to have the modules ready for use by July.
The board will have its next regular meeting at 5 p.m. on March 19 at the Cassville office, 65 Main St.