Environmental Health

Indigent Health Care

Mission: The mission of the Environmental Health Program is to protect, preserve and promote the health of citizens of Cameron County.  To ensure a safe and healthy community, the Cameron County Environmental Health Program will responsibly serve the citizens of Cameron County with integrity and respect through a highly skilled and caring staff. The Department will strive for excellence and innovation in the provision of all its services and be accountable to the community, its representatives, and employees. 

The Environmental Health Program consists of the following:

  • The OSSF is responsible for enforcing, authorizing, inspecting and investigating on-site sewage facilities.
    The OSSF is responsible for conducting a number of services:

    Enforcing: All state and county guidelines dealing with on-site sewage facilities.

    Authorizing: New, malfunctioning, and upgrades to any on-site sewage facilities.

    Inspecting: All complaints received regarding an on-site sewage facility are done by our Designated Representatives. Investigations are done within 72 hours from receipt of complaints. If necessary follow up investigations are conducted within an allotted time frame. When an investigation results in non-compliance, cases are turned over to local justice of the peace to take necessary legal action.

    OSSF Order
    OSSF Application Procedure
    OSSF Permit
    Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
    OSSF Licensing or Registration Information

General Sanitation
General Sanitation is responsible for enforcing, inspecting and investigating new subdivisions and any general sanitation issues. General Sanitation is responsible for conducting a number of services:

Enforcing: All State and County guidelines dealing with new subdivisions and any general sanitation issues.

Inspecting: New subdivisions are reviewed and verified for compliance of all State and County guidelines and are then submitted for approval by the Environmental Health Director.

Investigating: All complaints including, but not limited to, general sanitation issues, and possible bee eradication, are investigated. Investigations are done within 72 hours from receipt of complaint unless when dealing with a bee eradication issue which is done immediately. Notices are issued for compliance of all guidelines. If necessary, follow up investigations are conducted within in an allotted time frame. When investigation results in non-compliance, cases are turned over to local justice of the peace to take necessary legal action.

General Sanitation Order

Eating and Drinking (Food Service)

Eating and Drinking (Food Service) is responsible for enforcing, inspecting and investigating eating and drinking food service establishments:
Food Service is responsible for conducting a number of services:

Enforcing: All state and county guidelines dealing with eating and drinking establishments/food service establishments.

Permits: New establishments/food service facilities.

Investigating: All food establishments are inspected two (2) times a year to assure that they are in compliance with all state and county guidelines regarding food service sanitation. All complaints received regarding food service sanitation issues are investigated within 72 hours from receipt of complaint. Notices are issued for compliance of all guidelines; if necessary, follow up investigations are conducted with in an allotted time frame. When investigation results in non-compliance, cases are turned over to local justice of the peace to take necessary legal action.

Eating & Drinking Order

Animal Control

The Animal Control is responsible for enforcing, collecting, and controlling animals running at large.
Animal Control is responsible for conducting a number of services:

Enforcing: All state and county guidelines dealing with animal control issues are enforced.

Collecting: All unwanted animals located within the areas of rural Cameron County are collected. Animal Control Officers receive calls form citizens requesting assistance on removing unwanted animals from their property. Officers are limited to assisting on only domestic animals such as dogs and cats. Calls involving larger animals are assessed by Environmental Health Director and a decision is made.

Controlling/Patrolling: Officers patrol areas that have problems with stray/loose dogs and cats and provide notice to the citizens advising them of the importance of complying with all state and county guidelines.

Inspecting/Investigating: Animal Control Officers investigate all complaints received regarding domestic pets; if necessary notice is issued for compliance of all guidelines. Incidents involving animal bites are investigated and animals are quarantined as required by state and county guidelines.

Notice is issued for compliance of all guidelines; if necessary, follow up investigations/inspections are conducted within an allotted time frame. When an investigation/inspection results in non-compliance, cases are turned over to local justice of the peace to take necessary legal action.

Ordinance #1985-1 (Commonly known as Leash Law)
Disaster Preparedness for Pets
Cameron County Animal Adoption
Rabies Infection and Animals Fact Sheet

Links

Red Tide Toxin Guidance

West Nile Virus information:
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/arboviral/westNile/information/
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/q&a.htm

Rodent information:/
http://www.cdc.gov/rodents/

Contact Information

Environmental Health Program
1390 W. Expressway 83
San Benito, Texas 78586
(956) 247-3599
Animal Shelter
26965 FM 510
San Benito, Texas 78586
(956) 247-3599
  
Administrative Office Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday
7:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.         12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.      1 p.m.- 5p.m.
 
 

 

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