County health board to continue to offer help with septic tanks

LISBON — For several years the county health board has been helping low-income homeowners with funding to make necessary repairs to failing septic system. Wednesday, members announced their intentions to continue with the program for the 2020-2021 funding cycle.

Through the Ohio EPA’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund, the health department will again be able to partially fund the projects to help septic nuisances from causing health concerns.

During Wednesday’s meeting, the board approved a $3,485 change order on one project already completed. Health Commissioner Wes Vins said the home continues to have problems with gas odors. Several contractors have looked for a solution, which may be caused by old cast iron, clay pipe and venting issues.

Vins said it is important for the project to be fixed right.

Additionally, the board approved a seventh group of two projects to be bid, projects that will use up the money from 2019-2020 funds. It was noted two other projects fell through because the homeowner could not fund the 15 percent match and so the bids for properties in St. Clair Township and Perry Township will replace those projects, allowing the money to be used.

In other matters:

— The board approved the third readings of 2020 recreation camp fees and food service fees.

— The board approved a 90-day extension for a board order issued in December demanding the cleanup of a property on Senior Street in Washingtonville.

— Following the site team visit in December for the Public Health Accreditation Board program, Vins told the board they received a lot of quality feedback about some of the things they do well, such as working well with the partners of the health department, engaging with the public and taking quality improvement initiatives seriously. Vins said he expects a written report, probably in March, which will let them know whether they were approved for accreditation or have additional improvements to make.

During Wednesday’s meeting, the board received charts and graphs from some departments. A suggestion of the accreditation site team, the employees have already started to create them as part of their reports to the board, showing the board where current numbers trend over past months or years.

— The next meeting of the board will be held at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 19.



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