The Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees reviewed the April service fees and other monthly reports at its regularly scheduled meeting on May 20.
The April service fees report showed that the health department saw a 145.74 percent increase in fees last month. The health department collected $2,934 in April of 2009 and $4,275.92 in April of 2010.
The health department also saw a 110.45 percent increase in service fees in March. This year, the department collected $3,420.71. Only $3,097 were collected in March of 2009.
Service counts have also steadily increased at the Cassville and Monett health department offices this year. In February, the health department provided 1,545 services, and in March, 1,696 services were provided. Last month, the service counts increased to 1,844.
The health department has provided a total of 6,592 services this year. Of those services, 3,715 were provided at the Cassville branch, and 2,877 were provided at the Monett branch.
The health department board also heard an update from Roger Brock, administrator, regarding not-for-profit service inspections.
According to Brock, the Shell Knob Eagles Club has agreed to work with the health department's environmental staff and allow voluntary inspections at their facility, which offers food service to the Shell Knob community at various times throughout the year.
"The Shell Knob Community Center has agreed to work with us as well," said Brock. "We will continue to work with other non-for-profit organizations to ensure they provide good food service without making them think we are coming to drop the hammer on them.
"Not only do we want to visit the ones that have their own facilities to make sure the facilities are in good shape, but we want to make sure those who are using the facilities have the education materials they need to be better stewards of food service," said Brock.
In other business, the Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees:
* Accepted a $1,295.61 bid from the Computer Shoppe for a laptop with software. The health department will purchase two computers using H1N1 Phase B grant funding.
* Heard that Grace Grebel, Health Education Literacy Project (HELP) coordinator, recently conducted a training presentation for HELP in Springfield.
* Heard that the health department will receive a budget increase due to an increase in client caseload. The health department is serving 204 more clients this year than last year.
* Reviewed the environmental services report, which showed that 12 wastewater systems were permitted and 23 food inspections and five childcare inspections were conducted in April.
* Set the next health department meeting at 5 p.m. on June 24.
* Reviewed the board's by-laws.