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Health Department receiving welcome addition

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Construction has begun on the 1,000-foot addition to the south side of the Monett satellite office for the Barry County Health Department on South Highway 37. Lowe Construction of Cassville is doing the work on a 90-day contract. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
On April 16, the Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees heard an update on a building project that will construct a 1,000-square-foot addition at the Monett facility.

Lowe Construction, of Cassville, has removed the brick from the satellite office and is working on installing rebar for the new addition, said Kathleen King, health department administrator.

In March, the board approved a $94,600 bid from Lowe Construction for the project. On April 1, the board held an executive session to approve a $118,750 adjusted bid from Lowe Construction. The bid was adjusted after a discrepancy was discovered in the orignal bid.

The approved renovation project will add a new classroom, an enlarged reception area and two offices at the Monett office. Project plans also call for the relocation of the office's kitchen. The project will be funded with grant monies and capital improvement funds.

The board also reviewed service fee, service count and environmental services reports at the April meeting.

The health department collected $5,448 less in the first quarter of 2009 than was collected during the first quarter of 2008. According to King, the decrease in service fees can be contributed to the health department's new partnership with OACAC, which is providing funding for family planning services and materials.

In March, the department provided 1,884 services. The Cassville office provided 1,105 services and collected $1,909 of the department's total $3,097 in general medical and family planning fees last month. Over 770 services were provided at the Monett office, which collected $1,188 in medical and family planning service fees.

Environmental specialists provided 10 wastewater permits and conducted 20 routine food service inspections last month. The specialists also provided over a dozen water sample evaluations.

In old business, the board appointed new board officers. John Starchman will serve as chairman. Dennis Baker will serve as vice chairman. Jan Thomas will serve as treasurer, and Rocky Mills will serve as secretary. New board member Linda (Bass) McBride, who was elected to the board on April 7, will serve as a member at large.

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

* Voted to raise the department's mileage rate to 45 cents per mile.

* Heard that the health department will promote National Women's Health Week, which is May 10 through May 16.

* Asked King to obtain several bids for a new network server.

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