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Barry County Health Department receives funding update

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees received an update on the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services's 2011-12 core public health functions funding contract at its regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 16.

"The state has changed the number of lodging rooms to be included when inspecting lodging facilities," said Roger Brock, health department administrator. "It was 10 percent and now it is 8 percent.

"They have also changed their view on temporary food service," said Brock. "They had been very astute about inspecting all temporary food service events. The new core functions contract that we just received suggests we inspect temporary food service establishments according to necessity based on operating procedures."

According to Brock, the local health department has adopted the policy that only big events that serve a large number of individuals will be inspected.

"The state has reverted to this approach," said Brock. "They suggest we leave other smaller events alone unless needed due to a complaint or other reason."

Core functions funding is provided through a contract with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The funding is distributed to health departments to cover fees associated with vital records and lodging inspections.

The board also received an update on a large hole that has developed in the parking lot at the health department office in Monett. Water erosion is damaging the parking lot at the satellite office.

Brock has contacted the City of Monett public works department, which plans to retrench the road ditch north of the parking lot. The work should reduce some of the water flow coming into the health department office parking lot.

After reviewing the issue, the health department board directed Brock to obtain estimates for repairs to the parking lot.

In old business, the board reviewed the service fees report, which showed that the health department has collected $45,931.07 in service fees through November of this year. A total of $37,341.92 was collected in 2009.

"These totals are delightful," said John Starchman, board chairman. "What I thought would be a dismal year turned out to be a very, very good year. We are doing something right to bring people into the clinic."

In November, the health department offered 1,007 services at its Cassville office and 959 services at its Monett office. Over 30,800 services have been performed at both offices this year.

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

* Authorized the purchase of a laptop, portable printer and Windows 2007 software with regional emergency planning and preparedness funding.

* Approved the employment of Catherine Manzone as a clerical intern. Manzone, a Crowder College Cassville Campus student, will work a total of 40 hours at the health department.

* Heard that the health department has received $46,000 in tax revenue, which is an increase of $2,000 over tax revenues received in December of 2009.

* Reviewed the inclement weather and work cancellation policy.

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