On March 26, the Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees approved a bid for renovations that will be completed at the Monett office. The project will also construct a 1,000-square-foot addition at the satellite facility.
The board approved a $94,600 bid from Lowe Construction, of Cassville, for the project, which will add a new classroom, an enlarged reception area and two offices at the satellite office. Project plans also call for the relocation of the office's kitchen area.
The board also received bids from the following companies: A/E Solutions, $149,000; Bailey Company, $169,103; Bales Construction, Inc., $146,187; Bell Building Systems, $166,979; Flintco, $234,900; MSI-Masonry Structures, Inc., $199,800; Nesbitt Construction, Inc., $166,380; R.E. Smith Construction Co., $230,880; Rio Contracting, LLC, $165,500; Springfield Builders, Inc., $157,000; Kenmar Construction, Inc., $193,000; Stan Bowman Construction, $178,895; and Wehr Construction, $186,000.
Last year, the board used a portion of a Missouri Foundation for Health grant to complete a foundation renovation project at the Monett facility. The renovations, which were also completed by Lowe Construction, increased the size of the crawl space beneath the Monett facility and reinforced the office structure with new floor joists.
The board will complete the second portion of the renovation project with the remaining grant funding. Around $46,000 in capital improvement funds have also been reserved for the project.
In other business, the Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees:
* Authorized Kathleen King, health department administrator, to hire S & S Security, of Joplin, to install security systems at the Monett and Cassville offices.
* Heard that the health department will receive a 10 percent discount on insurance premiums after security systems are installed at each health department office. According to King, the discount will cover the monitoring fees for the new security systems.
* Approved travel expenses for an employee to attend the Four-State Regional Tuberculosis in-service in Columbus, Kan., on April 24.
* Directed King to contact Rep. David Sater regarding a new state employment verification requirement.
* Heard that environmental public health specialists responded to 2,000 peanut product recalls in February.
* Decided not to pursue a recreational water testing facility at this time. King estimated that it would cost over $17,000 to construct a water testing laboratory.
* Asked King to obtain state and federal mileage rates, which board members will use to develop a mileage reimbursement formula for health department employees.
* Discussed a possible ordinance change that would give the health department more authority to enforce food service and wastewater regulations.
* Heard that OACAC has purchased four new exam tables and other equipment for the health department's family planning services.