APRIL 9, 2009

President Doyle Webster called the Board of Health to order on April 9, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

Attendees:    Rita Hart, George Kellner, Dr. Kevin Ketring, Pam Willis,
Jean Hicks, Jim Squires, Cammie Mitrione, Dr. Barry Webb and Mayor
Doyle Webster

The minutes of March 12, 2009 were approved.

Annual Report
Mrs. Mitrione reported that revenues were down $8,000 from the previous year mostly due to the Health Department not receiving pandemic influenza planning dollars this year. She reported that there were only two animal bites, down from ten the prior year. She said community events, “Healthy Women, Healthy Lives; “Safety Day” and “SOUL Ministries Back to School Outreach” were added to the report. Mrs. Mitrione stated there were 15 smoking complaints and three fines, all at The Boulevard. She said there were two remodeled or new food service operations and seventy-three people were trained in food service. Also a school inspection section was added to the annual report.

Mrs. Mitrione said the Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Environmental Health, Indoor Environments Section created the School Environmental Health and Safety Inspection Manual to assist local health departments and school districts with the implementation of Ohio Administrative Code chapter 3701-54, also known as “Jarod’s Law.”  She said in the past, school inspections were only recommendations but now it is a state mandated program with laws/rules.

Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Safety Act
Mrs. Mitrione said all the pools are in the process of coming into compliance with the federal mandates of the VGB Act. She said the Health Department won’t be specifically inspecting for new equipment but if they notice it is not in place during an inspection they will notify the State.

Rabies Clinic
Mrs. Mitrione stated the rabies clinic has been confirmed for September 25, 2009 at the Police Department. Dr. Ketring said microchipping of pets will be available also at a fee.

Smoking Complaint Compensation
Mrs. Mitrione said the compensation from the State for smoking fines will be $150 from April 1 to June 30, 2009, up from $70.

Nuisance Animal Complaint
Mrs. Mitrione said there was an article in the newsletter about prevention and removal of animal nuisances. She said the Health Department received a thank you note from a Springdale resident for the article.

Food Sampling
Mrs. Mitrione stated the first round of food sampling has been completed and the results will be included in the May packet.

Children’s Health Fair
Mrs. Hicks explained the different booths at the fair. She said there were 477 students from twelve schools who participated. She said the evaluations were favorable but they always get comments about it being too crowded and that they need more time to get through all the booths.

Mrs. Hicks stated Ohio Department of Health and Ohio State University are offering a free program to provide additional diagnostic support to physicians who are treating patients infected with MRSA who have direct contact with animals through household or occupational exposure to determine if animals may be a possible MRSA source or reservoir. Mrs. Hicks said she sent a letter to local doctors with information about the program.

Respectfully submitted,

Cammie Mitrione, RS
Health Commissioner