The Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees accepted a letter of resignation from Kathleen King, administrator, at its regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 21.
According to Chairman John Starchman, the board has already started its search for a new administrator. The position will be advertised through several media outlets, and the board hopes to begin receiving applications and resumes within the next few months.
"We want to fill the position as soon as possible," said Starchman, "but we are doing okay right now. We have Carol (Landstad, public health program coordinator) and Nancy (Boyd, administrative assistant) filling in the void right now so we can continue to get things done."
In new business, the board approved a $4,998.91 copier contract with Pearson-Kelly. The board also received a $4,720 bid from Ozark Business Systems and a $4,480 bid from Lakeland Office Systems.
Although Pearson-Kelly submitted the highest copier contract bid, the health department will receive over 6,000 more copies per year through the approved contract than through either of the other bids. The approved bid also includes a 12-cent per page copier fee, which is less than the other bids.
The board also reviewed information about services the department provided throughout the county last year.
Overall, the health department collected $16,739.21 less in 2009 than in 2008. The decrease in service fees can be directly linked to the health department's new partnership with OACAC.
The partnership helps the health department provide low-cost family planning services for area residents. Through the partnership, OACAC also provides supplemental funding for health department services.
This year, the health department collected a total of $37,341.92 in service fees. The Cassville office generated $21,654.62, and the Monett office generated $15,687.30.
In December of 2009, the department provided 1,597 services, which was nearly 6 percent lower than the number of services provided in December of 2008. Over 33,000 services were provided throughout 2009.
The health department's environmental public health specialists permitted 42 fewer wastewater systems in 2009 than in 2008. The specialists provided 120 wastewater permits and conducted 237 routine food service, 29 annual childcare and 19 lodging inspections. They also provided over 230 water sample evaluations.
In other business, the Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees:
* Reviewed the administrator's report.
* Tabled a building repair bid.
* Held an executive session to discuss personnel.