BOARD OF HEALTH MINUTES
Jones, George Kellner, Dr. Kevin Ketring,
Absent:†††††††††† Pam Willis
The minutes of
SMOKING VIOLATION ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW HEARING
Mayor Webster asked Mr. Dan Comer if he is represented by counsel.† Mr. Comer replied no.† Mayor Webster said Iíd like to proceed with the issue at hand.†
Cindy Miller, notary, swore in
Mayor Webster asked was this the first report of a smoking violation there?
Ms. Jergens replied no, this was the second report within 24
months.† The first investigation was
Mayor Webster asked Mr. Forbes, is there anything else we need to get on the record?
Mr. Forbes responded, no, just so weíre clear on the record that there were two violations within a 24 month period.† Ms. Jergens stated yes.
Mr. Forbes asked both violations were based on your personal observations?
Ms. Jergens responded yes.
No one on the board had any questions or comments.
Mayor Webster said Mr. Comer has requested an Administrative Review so I think weíll entertain a motion to sustain or rescind the proposed penalty/fine.
Mrs. Jones made a motion to sustain the proposed fine.† Dr. Kevin Ketring seconded the motion.
The motion to deny passed with 3-0.† Mrs. Hart and Mrs. Willis were absent.
The fine of $100 stands.†
In response to Mr. Comerís question, Mrs. Mitrione said that the State would send Mr. Comer an invoice for the fine.
Tobacco-Free Worksite Mini-Grant Update
Mrs. Mitrione reported that the City will get up to $3,000 to conduct a smoking cessation lunch and learn program, possibly come up with some signage and pay for smoking cessation therapy for any employee and possibly a family member who may be interested in stopping smoking.† She said they partnered with the SHIP program for the lunch and learn program.
Mrs. Mitrione reported the position was advertised and there were six applicants.† Two did not have the credentials.† The other four will be interviewed next week.†
Mammogram Van Follow Up
Mrs. Mitrione stated the mammogram van comes twice a year and they send us a follow up report if any of the results were abnormal.† She said there was one abnormal report.
Mrs. Mitrione said the annual report is similar to last yearís report.† She said they spent less on animal control this year.† She said we have a new service and there have been no complaints about the service.† Mrs. Mitrione said revenues were down slightly.† She said we got slightly less in pan flu grant money and didnít train as many in ServSafe.† She said they did more two hour trainings.† She said the numbers were up in the nursing area for immunizations, TB tests, home visits and blood pressure checks.
HEALTH COMMISSIONERíS REPORT
Six Star Honor Award
Mrs. Mitrione stated there have been six responses so far to the Six Star Honor Award.† She said there are ten more who could earn the award and that they are going to call them to see if they are interested.†
Mrs. Jones asked is there a restaurant in the Cincinnati North Hotel.† Mrs. Mitrione replied they still have a license but she is not sure about a restaurant. ††She said they have to have food for the truckers who stay there.† She said it has been confirmed by their maintenance people that they have bedbugs there.†
Mayor Webster said he doesnít know whatís going to happen with that place.† He said we as a City really need for them to be successful.† Thatís the only banquet facility the City has other than Dave & Busterís.†
Mrs. Mitrione reported they were in there yesterday and from what she hears, the mold that was on the tenth floor from the roof damage has actually grown.† Before you didnít see it that much.† She said apparently the area it covers has expanded so theyíll have to deal with that.† The extent of the remediation will depend on the square footage of mold present.
Mayor Webster said I think you will have to hold that hammer over their head.†
Mrs. Mitrione stated they do have a leg to stand on with their own local ordinance.† She said they do have hotel/motel regulations on mold remediation and it uses the EPA guidelines for commercial buildings and schools.† She said if itís less than ten feet, then they can remediate it on their own.† If itís ten to a hundred feet it will have to be evaluated and possibly a remediator would have to come in.† If itís over one hundred feet then they definitely have to use a remediator.††† Thatís probably more expensive than remodeling.
Dr. Ketring said there is a problem with mold and we have to make a decision.
Mrs. Mitrione said the sanitarians just went in there today and told me about the bedbug and mold issues.† She said she will look at it too and they will have to take some kind of action.† She said they will take the camera.† She said they have the authority to order them to do whatever the Code suggests that they do.† Mrs. Mitrione said theyíre following the EPA guidelines.
Mrs. Hart asked are there liability issues for the board if we know there is mold in certain areas and they canít rent rooms above or below this floor?
Mrs. Mitrione replied it is isolated on the tenth floor.† We have gone through there months ago with the Building Department and talked to the management about how the air is controlled.† We have been told that the air on the tenth floor is not recirculating through the rest of the building.†
Mrs. Hart asked is it just voluntary that they donít rent rooms on the tenth floor?
Mrs. Mitrione responded that they issued orders to them to
remediate the mold and not to occupy the rooms until they are remediated and remodeled.†
Their understanding is that it is a voluntary situation but in my mind
they have been ordered to not use that area until it has been cleared through
Dr. Ketring asked who tells us everything is okay.†
Mrs. Mitrione stated mold is a tricky issue because there are no national standards.† If you can smell it or see it, it is not acceptable.
Dr. Ketring said there is public record that we are aware that there is a problem.† He said we have to be sure that we take every step to remedy that problem.† If that includes closing them, we have to do what we have to do.† We have health issues.
Mrs. Mitrione stated she will check with the
Mrs. Mitrione also stated that there was an employee who got sick and was told by her doctor to not go on the tenth floor to clean because of mold allergies.
Mrs. Mitrione reported that everybody in the
Mrs. Hicks said one of her jobs now is to watch for CDC information on e-mail.† She said she enclosed an e-mail in the packet for their information.
Hepatitis C training
Mrs. Hicks stated the Hepatitis C training that she went to last month will allow her to reach out to the few people she gets reports on in Springdale who have Hepatitis C and urge them to seek medical care right of way.†
Childrenís Health Fair
Mrs. Hicks said the Childrenís Health Fair for third graders will be held April 3.† She said there will be lots of health education ideas for the children to participate in.
Mayor Webster asked about the unsanitary living conditions
Mrs. Mitrione said the
Dr. Ketring asked has anyone gotten in to check the house?
Mrs. Mitrione replied that they couldnít get in.† She said it appears that there is nobody living
there.† She also said if adults want to
live that way and the neighbors donít complain there is nothing the
Dr. Webb said the flu didnít seem to be as bad this year.† If a person took Tamiflu right away after becoming ill, it shortened the time of illness.
Mrs. Mitrione stated ODH has said that if the pandemic flu
reaches WHO level 4 that they are going to provide the
Dr. Webb responded if the