The county needs to add two additional members to its environmental health staff to cope with an increased workload, the Davis County Health Board agreed this week.
The board endorsed a request from environmental health division head Rich Harvey for the two additional staff members, agreeing to pass the request on to the county commissioners.Harvey said he needs to hire a staff member to handle emissions testing for diesel vehicles, which the county will begin doing next year, and someone to handle water quality testing.
The county recently imposed an additional registration fee on diesel vehicles to help pay for construction of a central diesel emissions testing facility, which the county is building in Kaysville.
Diesel vehicles, including cars and light trucks, will have to meet emission standards beginning in July 1992, similar to standards that currently govern gasoline-powered vehicles.
Harvey said the central testing facility will cost around $200,000, with an additional $50,000 to $60,000 to equip it with testing and calibrating equipment.
The registration fees are being collected now to help offset the cost of the facility and there should be enough to pay the salary of the additional operator, he told the board.
The health department also recently signed a contract with the Weber Basin Water District to test the quality of water in East Canyon Reservior, which Harvey said is a prime source of the district's culinary water, sold to several cities in Davis County as drinking water.
The reservoir is receiving sewage effluent from the Park City and Snyderville areas, Harvey said, and needs monitoring.
The contract with the water district and a state grant total around $35,000, which Harvey said should cover the salary of an additional staff member.