State Approves Fees for Some Ohio County Health Services

WHEELING – Starting July 1, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department will begin charging fees for some services that previously were free.

Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health members recently approved the fees during a regular board meeting.

Administrator Howard Gamble said no one spoke in favor of or against the measure during a 30-day comment period. The fees have been approved by the state Bureau of Health.

One example includes if a food vendor loses their health department food service permit during a festival at the waterfront, it would cost them $10 to get a new one.

Other fees include: $20 for a re-inspection – this does not include routine or complaint-based inspections; $100 to $300 for an eatery’s plan review fee, with the amount depending on the amount of seating; food handler cards: $10 for a two-year card, $5 for a replacement card and $20 for an online class card; $50 for a test of a homeowner-installed septic system; a fee to cover the cost of shipping an animal sample for rabies testing at the state laboratory, which now costs about $60; and home loan evaluations such as: $50 for individual water wells, $100 for sewage, $150 for water and sewage, and $50 for additional visits.

“We didn’t have anybody respond. No one called, no wrote in and no one emailed. … These are for service only, not permits,” Gamble said.

“I actually think some of them are too low,” said board member Wilkes Kinney of the fees.

In addition to Kinney, other members who approved the fees included chairman Dr. John Holloway, Gloria Delbrugge and Michael Caruso. Absent were Tom Tuttle and Cheryl Wonderly.