DALLAS COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

1011 W Main Buffalo, MO 65622 417-345-2332

Emergency Response Ordinance

DALLAS COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY RESPONSE REGULATION

A REGULATION RELATED TO FEE STRUCTURE FOR PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY RESPONSE BY THE DALLAS COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT, DALLAS COUNTY MISSOURI

WHEREAS, The Missouri Revised Statute Section 192.300 provides that the county health center board may make and promulgate orders, ordinances, rules or regulations, respectively as will tend to enhance the public health and prevent the entrance of infectious, contagious, communicable or dangerous diseases into such county, but any orders, ordinances, rules or regulations shall not be in conflict with any rules or regulations authorized and made by the Department of Health and Senior Services in accordance with this chapter.
WHEREAS, Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 192 Department of Health and Senior Services Section 192.300 authorizes the county health center board to establish and collect fees for services performed by County Health Officers and employees; and
WHEREAS, Dallas County Health Department recommends the adoption of public health emergency response regulation with provisions relating to fees and exemptions thereto; and
WHEREAS, the Dallas County Health Department is charged with the duty of protecting the health of the residents of Dallas County through regulation and enforcement of health standards in the County; and
WHEREAS, adoption of this regulation will protect and benefit the health and welfare of the citizens of Dallas County

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES, DALLAS COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT OF DALLAS COUNTY, MISSOURI AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1 Authority
Authority to regulate comes from State of Missouri by Section 192.300 states “The county commissions and the county health center boards of the several counties may make and promulgate orders, ordinances, rules or regulations, respectively as will tend to enhance the public health and prevent the entrance of infectious, contagious, communicable or dangerous diseases into such county, but any orders, ordinances, rules or regulations shall not be in conflict with any rules or regulations authorized and made by the department of health and senior services in accordance with this chapter or by the department of social services under chapter 198.”

SECTION 2 Definitions
As used in this document, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the following words and terms shall have the following meanings:

 1 "Department", the Dallas County Health Department of Buffalo, Missouri 
 2 “Commission” the Dallas County Commission
 3 “County Health Officer” the administrator of the Dallas County Health Department or a designee of the administrator
 4 "Board", the Board of Trustees of the Dallas County Health Department
5 "Imminent public health hazard", a condition which is likely to cause an immediate threat to life or a serious risk to the health, safety, and welfare of the public if immediate action is not taken;
6 "Person", any individual, group of individuals, association, trust, partnership, corporation, person doing business under an assumed name, the state of Missouri or any department thereof, or any political subdivision of this state; 
7 "Property owner", the person in whose name legal title to the business or real estate is recorded; 
8 “Director” The director of Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services except when pertains to local regulation or ordinance then it will have the meaning of local health department administrator or designee of the administrator.
9 “Health Official” Any employee of the Dallas County Health Department
10 “Emergency” An unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action
11 “Response” Something constituting a reply or a reaction
 
SECTION 3 Scope of Coverage and Jurisdiction
These regulations apply to all emergency response by any health official of the Dallas County Health Department within the area known as Dallas County, Missouri 
 
SECTION 4 Powers and Authority of Health Official 
The Health Official shall be permitted to enter all applicable properties deemed safe for entry for the purpose of inspection, observation, measurement, sampling and/or testing in accordance with the provisions of this regulation and the laws of the State of Missouri. 
The Health Official shall have the duty to determine whether or not an imminent public health hazard exists. The Health Official shall have the power and duty to order, notify, instruct, advise, recommend any and all actions deemed necessary to ensure the safety, health and welfare of residents or property. 

SECTION 5 Violation
Any business, corporation, individual person or property owner who creates, allows or ignores an imminent public health hazard as defined in this document is guilty of an infraction and prosecuted under the following SECTION 6 4 a.

SECTION 6 Fee Structure
1. Dallas County Emergency Response Regulation Fee Structure will be as follows:
Initial response by Dallas County Health Department-shall be no less than the calculated cost of 3 hours’ time for each health official responding, whether they respond on-scene or off-scene.
2. For response lasting in excess of 3 hours, fees shall be no less than cost of 1 hours’ time for each additional hour that a health official responds, whether they respond on-scene or off-scene.
3. All fees are due immediately upon receipt of invoice from the Dallas County Health Department
4. Any business, corporation, individual person or property owner failing to pay said fees will be prosecuted under the following 

a. Any person who shall ignore notification will, as provided for in Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 192 Department of Health and Senior Services Section 192.300, shall be guilty of misdemeanor as provided and shall be fined in an amount not to exceed One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) for each violation. Each day in which any such violation does continue may be deemed a separate offense.

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