The Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees approved a wastewater variance request from Robert and Jan Massey at its regularly scheduled meeting on June 16.
"The installer has asked for a variance to allow the installation of a holding tank at the residence," said Roger Brock, health department administrator. "The reason for the variance request is that they are unable to install a conventional system due to the setback requirements and the position of existing wells, both theirs and their neighbors."
According to Brock, the distance from the only suitable septic system site and existing water wells is less than 50 feet. The property is located on Highway 86 in Eagle Rock.
"The soil is not terrible, but there is not a lot of space there," said Brock. "There is not available space to meet the setback requirements."
The Masseys plan to install a 1,500-gallon holding tank that will be used in conjunction with a septic tank that has been installed on the property.
"This will give them a couple thousand gallons of capacity," said Brock. "They will be required to have the alarm system on the holding tank."
Brock recommended the board approve the variance request and issue the Masseys a three-year permit for the system. Pumping records must be submitted, and the alarm system must be inspected before the permit is extended after the three-year period.
Carol Landstad, public health program coordinator, reported that five members of the health department staff offered assistance in Joplin following the May 22 tornado. Staff members administered Tetanus shots to volunteers working in damaged neighborhoods.
"We drove through the damaged areas and stopped to ask volunteers if they needed a Tetanus shot," said Landstad.
Barry County Health Department staff members administered 73 shots.
Brock reported that environmental public health specialist Jan Cox also assisted in Joplin following the tornado. Cox conducted food service inspections in and around the tornado-impacted area on three different days.
In new business, the board approved an employee health insurance proposal from Anthem. The department also received proposals from its current insurance provider, United Healthcare, and Mercy St. John's. Anthem offered the lowest premiums.
United Healthcare will continue to provide accidental death and disability, life and dental insurances for health department employees.
In other business, the Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees:
* Heard that the health department received a $1,000 grant from Walmart to purchase supplies for the Barry County OACAC Neighborhood Center School Readiness Fair.
* Reviewed the mileage reimbursement rate.
* Approved the Environmental Health Operational Guidelines (EHOG).
* Approved annual by-laws.
* Reviewed the May service fees, service count and environmental services reports.
* Approved a contract for website services submitted by Charlie Steward. Services will cost $25 per month.
* Received an update on the Monett office improvements, which are being completed by Lowe's Construction.