Communicable disease is defined as "illness due to a specific infectious agent or its toxic products that arises through transmission of that agent or its products from an infected person, animal, or reservoir to a susceptible host, either directly or indirectly through an intermediate plant or animal host, vector, or the inanimate environment." Communicable disease pathogens include bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites and prions.
Communicable diseases can have a significant impact on the population. The surveillance and control of such diseases is an important part of protecting the public's health. The Communicable Disease program primarily deals with infectious diseases that are reportable by law.
The program also deals with other communicable diseases of public health significance, such as:
For additional information please visit the NC Communicable Disease website.
The program responsibilities include:
Rabies is a vaccine preventable disease in humans, dogs, cats and ferrets as well as some domestic livestock. All mammals are susceptible to rabies and it is nearly always fatal. Rabies can be prevented in humans with timely and appropriate treatment. In North Carolina the disease most often occurs in wild animals especially skunks, raccoons, bats and foxes. Raccoon rabies is present in the raccoon population in virtually every North Carolina county. For additional information on Rabies please visit:
STD and HIV prevention and control services includes providing clinical services, education and awareness efforts and monitoring disease trends through surveillance and epidemiology. STD Clinic provides testing, treatment and education at no cost to the client for:
Our Immunization Clinic provides vaccines to people of all ages, including those traveling internationally. Public Health offers vaccines for preventable diseases to reduce the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases within Union County. The following vaccines are offered through our immunization clinic:
In addition to vaccines, Blood Titer testing is available for the following:
With the mission of public health to promote health, prevent disease and protect the community, International Travel Immunizations allow us to assist those traveling internationally the opportunity for disease protection. A Registered Nurse will review travel itinerary, provide immunization education and vaccination(s). A Vaccination record will be provided to you for your records.
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Stormwater can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants and flow into a storm sewer system or directly into a lake, stream, river, wetland or coastal water. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the water bodies we use for swimming, fishing and providing drinking water.
Every few years, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares maps of areas susceptible to flooding. The latest version of Union County’s flood zone maps can be viewed by stopping by the planning office or viewing the 2014 FEMA Zones map on the County’s GIS/Maps webpage. To view the FEMA flood zones, click on the GoMaps 4.0 link on the County's GIS/Maps webpage. Open the 'map layers' dialog box, and select the 2014 FEMA zones layer under the Natural map layers heading. Then zoom in to the area on the map which you want to observe.
The regulations that apply to land within designated flood-prone areas can be found in Article 65 of the Union County Development Ordinance.
General Drainage: $200 + $10/total ac.*
General Drainage w/ Detention: $200 + $10/total ac.* + $300/stormwater management facility
Major (Revisions that necessitate a re‐examination of calculations): $350
General Drainage: $250/disturbed ac.* (1 ac. min.)
General Drainage w/ Detention: $250/disturbed ac. + $300/stormwater management facility
Flood Study (No‐Rise): $200 + $150/1000 ft. of study reach + $200/crossing
Major Encroachment Impact (per each CLOMR & LOMR): $200 + $250/1000 ft. of study reach + $200/crossing
(length of reach prorated, new or modified crossings)
Next Revision: Half the initial plan review fee
Each Revision Thereafter: Full plan review fee
Major: $10/lot or $150 if less than 15 lots with common area, roads, etc.
Surety Review (renewals, reductions, releases): $150
1 Length of reach prorated, minimum of 1000 ft.
2 Fee only applies to new or modified crossings
* Total acreage refers to the entire area of the parcel being developed
* Disturbed Acreage referes to only the area of new impervious surface (including gravel), plus areas of permanent or temporary grade change.
Brian Hawkins, PE, CFM
500 N. Main St., Ste 70
Monroe, NC 28112
The stormwater section strives to protect local water quality, control flooding and reduce impacts to private properties from developments by informing developers of federal, state and local regulations related to stormwater and floodplain management and as well as assistance through the plan approval process. This section’s responsibilities include stormwater plan review, FEMA floodplain development review and site inspections for subdivisions in unincorporated Union County and the Town of Hemby Bridge. This section recommends policy development and provides technical assistance regarding stormwater management and floodplain development within The Planning Division and to other Union County departments. Staff also responds to drainage complaints from the public as required and coordinates stormwater public education efforts.