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Belmont County Well being Division Deputy Commissioner Robert Sproul talks about transferring ahead on a grant to assist certified folks with septic tanks. The information got here throughout a board of well being assembly final week. (T-L Picture/J.D. LONG)

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Well being Division has about $150,000 accessible to assist residents who lack septic techniques or who’ve one that’s failing.

The information was shared by Deputy Well being Commissioner Robert Sproul when the Belmont County Board of Well being met on the county Emergency Administration Company headquarters alongside Ohio 331 on Feb. 14. Sproul touched on septic system inspections and the Water Air pollution Management Mortgage Fund grant the division acquired.

“It is going to assist to both pay 100% of the system or pay a part of the system,” Sproul stated.

The board voted unanimously for Wealthy Lucas, well being division environmental director, to maneuver ahead on the grant.

“We’ve had it the previous few years, so it’s been successful,” Sproul stated. “In actual fact, we additionally had one which we needed to mainly approve a system right this moment” when a resident wanted a alternative half.

Sproul stated the division should apply for the grant every year and spend that cash or ship the rest again to the state.

In the meantime, Sproul stated county commissioners deliberate to fulfill with an architectural agency final week to debate building of a brand new county well being division constructing. The well being board at the moment meets contained in the EMA constructing due to the spaciousness there and the shortage of area on the well being division, which is situated just some doorways up the highway. Sproul stated the present constructing, which was in-built 1968, was adequate again then however not in 2022.

“Principally, we’ve received 4 parking spots, 5 parking spots for the general public within the entrance,” he stated. “We’ve outgrown it fully, so that they’re constructing a brand new constructing, which we hope occurs very quickly. Once more, we’ll be capable to write for extra grants, carry in additional packages, do extra issues at that facility however proper now, it’s form of restricted. So once more, now we have to depend upon the EMA to make use of their facility for conferences like this.”

Sproul additionally touched on the numerous providers the division presents that he feels the general public is unaware of. Tamara Hess, director of nursing for the BCHD, outlined a few of these packages such because the Household Planning Clinic, which she runs, Girls’s Wellness, Youngster With Medical Handicaps and non-COVID vaccinations for kids, in addition to vaccinations for adults.

“So, we’ve elevated these tremendously,” she stated of the choices, including that the group’s Fb web page lists all of its packages and providers which are accessible.

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