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Commissioners Approve Rebates On Septic Inpsections

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

If you build a house in an area that doesn't have connection to a sewage treatment operation (city or county), you need a septic tank.  To get it approved, you need an inspection.  Usually, those inspections are carried out by the County Health Department  But due to several factors, the Health Department is months behind in giving approvals.

Tired of waiting and needing to complete their projects, some builders have been forced to hire private contractors to complete inspections so they can get their permits.  The Commissioners recently approved several steps that hopefully will clear up the backlog of applications and get the Health Dept. back on track.  On Monday evening (March 4th) they took an additional step--approving rebates of up to $500 to builders who had used private sources from September 1st of last year until February 1st of this year. 

The amount of the rebates may vary--with the maximum of $500--depending on how much the builder paid to get the inspection.  Builders will have to supply the County with a receipt showing what they paid and to whom. 

In February, after a meeting with Health Dept. officials, Commissioners approved steps including:  1) The Lincoln County Health Director, County Manager and Human Resources Director will try to hire additional part-time staff who are licensed Registered Environmental Health Specialists, possibly some  from other counties or retirees who can offer part-time hours. 2) A public notice issued in February that Lincoln County Environmental Health has temporarily suspended all water sampling for the general public, except for new well permits, mandated facility inspections, and doctors’ orders. Lincoln County Environmental Health will refer those needing water sampling to the labs in Charlotte, Hickory, Huntersville, Statesville and Mooresboro. (Sampling applications received prior to the effective date, February 11th, were to be conducted.) 3) Lincoln County Environmental Health was directed to contact additional engineers and soil scientists to ascertain their availability and cost quotes from these licensed professionals approved by the state to conduct on-site septic system soil evaluations/permits to aid in clearing the backlog cause by County Environmental Health staffing shortages. 

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