This is in response to your editorial entitled "Something smells at Lincoln County Health Department."
As public health administrator of this department, I can assure the residents in Lincoln county that this department follows regulations, protocols and guidelines specific to any programs delivered by this department.
In regard to the River Crest subdivision, proper steps were taken in bringing Mr. Blankenship, property owner, in compliance with the onsite sewage program. When Mr. Blankenship did not respond to the latest notice of correction, it was turned over to the county attorney's office for further action.
I also contacted Advocate staff writer Emily Burton in regard to the article she previously wrote in this matter and wanted the opportunity to explain the River Crest problem. However, she didn't seem much interested as she felt it was going to be the same information that was already in her possession. I wanted to give the facts and what actions the health department had taken.