Environmental Health and Sanitation

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Responsibilities include: issuing on site wastewater treatment permits (septic system permits); issuing private well water construction permits; inspecting septic system sites and well sites; inspecting tattoo parlors and tanning salons; inspecting pools and spas; administering State of Iowa Grants-to-Counties funds; water testing; well and cistern plugging; well rehabilitation; working with the local Board of Health on environmental health topics; educating the public on environmental health topics.

HIPAA Compliance Office

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Master Matrix Representative

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The master matrix is a scoring system that is used to evaluate the siting of permitted confinement feeding operations. Franklin County has adopted a construction evaluation resolution and uses the master matrix. Producers must meet higher standards than other permitted facilities. Before they can be approved for construction, they must earn points on the master matrix for choosing sites and using practices that reduce adverse impacts on the environment and the community. Producers must have 50% (440 points minimum) of the total score and at least 25% of the available points in each of the three subcategories of air, water, and community impacts to pass the master matrix.

Planning and Program Development

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The primary activities of this department include appointments to represent the Franklin County on various Boards and Commissions, Inter-Departmental Planning, and working on grants, including Franklin County's Community Betterment Grant.

Planning and Zoning

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The primary activities of the Planning and Zoning Department include: approval of Building Permits and site plans, working with the Planning Commission on Land Use changes, and working with the Zoning Board of Adjustment on Variance and Conditional Use Permits.

Weed Commissioner

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All landowners are required to control noxious weeds on their property to eliminate seed production. Weeds growing within city limits, in abandoned cemeteries, along railroads, streets, and highways, as well as on farmland, or any private or public land, must be controlled. The Franklin County Weed Commissioner enforces the Iowa Noxious Weed Law (Chapter 317).