Health board sets fee for camping permits

Published 10:18 am Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Lawrence County Board of Health voted on Wednesday to set license fees for temporary campgrounds.

The decision was spurred in part by the upcoming ValStock music and arts festival, slated to take place from June 30-July 2 at Green Dragon Farms, near Sharp’s Creek in Kitts Hill.

Board members said the fee was not intended to be a source of revenue for the department, but was to cover the cost of health department members, who have made multiple visits to the site.

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The board voted unanimously for the motion, which would set the fee at $100 for all temporary camping applications.

The decision to issue a permit for ValStock will now go to Paul O’Banion, the director of public health. He said he expects the permit to be granted.

He said he felt the organizers had met the threshold to protect campers at the event.

“Based on the report, it appears Green Dragon Farms has complied,” he said.

In other business, the board voted to increase the fees for vaccines. The board had to order private vaccines, which had created an additional cost. The assessment fee will covers costs when private insurers do not pay. The board voted unanimously on the motion.