SPRINGDALE BOARD OF HEALTH

September 4, 2004

 

 

President Doyle Webster called the Board of Health to order on September 4, 2003at 7:00 p.m.

 

Attendees:†††††† Rita Hart, Lynn Jones, George Kellner, Pam Willis, Jane Messer, Margie Pollitt, David Winfough and Mayor Doyle Webster

 

The minutes of May 8, 2003 were approved.

 

Mayor Webster welcomed Mrs. Mitrione as the new Health Commissioner.

 

OLD BUSINESS

Animal Nuisance Flyer

Ms. Mitrione stated that a flyer about the animal nuisance program was given to the Police and Fire Departments and also to Council.It states that the only animals to be trapped at City expense are skunks, raccoons, feral cats and bats.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Proposed license fees for FSO/FE/Vending for 2004

Mrs. Mitrione reported that the Health Department had completed the cost methodology for new license fees and recommended using the maximum fees allowed for the next year.She explained that even though they are higher than the fees for 2003 they are more in line with the fees of 2002.The Board approved the new fees and a regulation will be brought in at the next meeting for the first of three readings.

 

New Employee

Mrs. Mitrione stated that she had hired Ella Jergens as the new part-time sanitarian.Mrs. Mitrione said that Mrs. Jergens had been a sanitarian with the City of Cincinnati.She resigned to help her husband start a new business and is now ready to resume work part-time as a sanitarian.Ms. Mitrione said she thought the new salary scale for part-time sanitarians made it possible to get good applicants for the job.The board agreed to a pay scale of $18-$22 for part-time sanitarians.

 

New Health Department Flyer

The board discussed the new health department flyer and made suggestions.Mrs. Mitrione will have the changes incorporated before having the new flyers printed.

 

HEALTH COMMISSIONERíS REPORT

Infrastructure Grant Expenditures 2003

Mrs. Mitrione stated that there was correspondence including a list of items purchased through the infrastructure grant.She said another check will be coming for the next year.

 

DPIC Document

Mrs. Mitrione reported that the Law Directorís office reviewed the proposed contract between the Springdale Board of Health and Cincinnati Board of Health concerning participating in twenty-four hour a day, seven days a week infectious disease monitoring services provided by the Cincinnati Drug and Poison Information Center.The Law Director stated that he didnít think the Health Department was covered by HIPAA because it does not electronically bill patients or insurance companies.Mrs. Mitrione and Ms. Messer stated that other health departments are using HIPAA and it was agreed that the Springdale Health Department would continue to do so.

 

Mutual Aid Agreement

Mrs. Mitrione said the Mutual Aid Agreement is part of the disaster plan which is in progress.

 

West Nile Virus

Mrs. Mitrione said Springdale submitted two birds for testing for the West Nile Virus and both were negative.However, there were two positives in Hamilton County.After two positives were found the testing stopped.

Nuisance Animal Control

Mrs. Mitrione stated that to date the Department had only spent $2,395 on the animal nuisance program.$17,800 had been budgeted.She recommended cutting the budget for next year and the board agreed that $8,000 should be enough for next yearís budget.

 

Nuisances, Animal Bites and Food Illnesses

Mrs. Mitrione said that a dog bite that happened at a local motel was not handled properly.The motel manager did not help the victimís family find the dog and the victim underwent a series of rabies shots as a precaution.Mrs. Mitrione wrote the manager a letter explaining how to handle the situation in the future.

 

Mold at Best Western

Mayor Webster said the mold report Mrs. Mitrione obtained about the Best Western was the best report he had seen on that situation.He asked Mrs. Mitrione to share that information with Councilman Bob Wilson.

 

Food Sampling Program

Mr. Kellner asked if the food sampling program would be re-started.Mrs. Mitrione replied that she wasnít sure it has any real value and thought it would be better to take samples when there are complaints.The board stated that it would like to continue the program in some form.

 

NURSEíS REPORT

Communicable Disease

Ms. Messer stated there are twice montly meetings to discuss communicable diseases.

 

Flu Vaccine

Ms. Messer reported that the flu vaccine has been ordered and her intention is to have four different clinics in October and November.She will ask the nurses in Sharonville to help her give the shots.In order to receive the State vaccine a person must be over 65 years of age or have a chronic disease.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Cammie Mitrione, RS

Health Commissioner