BOARD OF HEALTH MINUTES
George Kellner called the
Board of Health to order on†
Attendees:†††††† Rita Hart, Lynn Jones, George Kellner,
The minutes of†
UNFINISHED BUSINESS†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† - ††††††††† none
New FSO and RFE Fees
Mrs. Mitrione said the 2006 fees are based on the last complete year (2004).† She said there was no food sampling in 2004.† There also was no expense charged back to the employee training program because the employees paid for the class.† Mrs. Mitrione said she believes next year the fees will be higher because we have the food sampling program, cold food sampling program, as well as recouping for the three-hour food safety class.†
Mrs. Jones asked why they couldnít keep the 2005 fees.† Mrs. Mitrione explained you canít charge more than was put into the program for the last complete year.† Mrs. Jones then asked how much of a loss would it be for the coming year.† Mrs. Mitrione said she didnít have that number but could get it.
HEALTH COMMISSIONERíS REPORT
Mrs. Mitrione stated the River Valley Exercise involved the whole southwest region.† Hospitals, laboratories, public health and EMA (Emergency Management Agency) participated.† Emergency Operation Centers were set up for the counties and Departmental Operational Centers for the smaller health departments.† The Fire and Police Departments participated also.† We had a unified command with the Health Department in charge.†† All Health Department employees participated in various capacities. †Mrs. Mitrione said because there was a failure with public notice releases, they redid the communication plan.† There was a three-person, pre-designated clearance team of health commissioners who had to approve the message before it went out for the region.† They decided that the Incident Commander would designate two other people, probably health commissioners, to approve press releases.† Mrs. Mitrione said next year she will be more prepared to implement incident command and designate people to do specific tasks.† She said she is signed up for an all-day class for incident command specifically for public health, and also a three-day training session with other administration here at the City.† The City is going to implement a reverse 911 system to be able to alert residents to incidents.
Hotel/Motel Inspection Program
Mrs. Mitrione said we have
received complaints about
Mayor Webster said we may want to look at our regulation and set some criteria that allows the Health Department to contract with somebody to go in and inspect every single room.† He said we donít have the resources to do that.† He said as the places get a bad reputation, then the City gets a bad reputation.
Mrs. Mitrione stated she was talking with the owner of Super 8 Motel and he said most of the corporations have inspectors come in every few months.† She said maybe that would be the time for the Health Department to get with them and go through every room.† Mrs. Mitrione said she has contacted outside agencies to do this but she said the ones she contacted only looked at common areas and were very expensive.† She said Mayor Webster told her Blue Ash contracts out their inspections.† She said they responded to her and said they didnít have sanitarians in their employ.† Mrs. Mitrione said our ordinance is a local ordinance and it does not say the inspector has to be a sanitarian.†
Mrs. Mitrione said she talked
Mrs. Mitrione reported that
they presented a class in July.† Seven
people had signed up but only five actually attended.† She said it was a good opportunity for our
new employee, Jane Kay to practice her training skills.† Mrs. Mitrione said she did a three-hour
training class for the
Mrs. Mitrione said SOS has received its IRS non-profit organization approval.† She said the group is trying to recruit volunteers and to let people know that they have volunteers who can help them.† SOS sent a letter to the local churches asking them to become members of SOS.† Mrs. Mitrione said there will be a parenting class at the Community Center.† She said SOS, through the Health Department, sold cooling bandanas as a fund raiser.† They raised over $200.
Willows Pool Party
Mrs. Mitrione reported that they partnered with the management to have a pool party at The Willows and it went well.† She said the Police Department and another organization were there also.† She said it was a good opportunity to get some information out to the people.
Mrs. Mitrione stated the mammogram van was at the Community Center again in July.† Seventeen women signed up for a mammogram.† She said they are scheduled to come again in January.
Mrs. Mitrione said she gave a presentation about the Health Department to the Institute.† She said it went well.
Mrs. Mitrione reported that
the Health Department has a new employee, Jane Kay.† She is a retired
Community Health and Wellness Speakers
Mrs. Mitrione said there were six Community Health and Wellness speakers scheduled at the Community Center this year as a result of the Community Health Assessment.† The series has not been well attended.† She said they may cut the series in half for the next year.
Mrs. Mitrione said there have been many complaints from residents at The Willows.† She said the buzz word is mold and there have been several complaints about bathroom leaks and condensation lines for air conditioning units.† Mrs. Mitrione said there is a language problem there and some things that really need to be done are not getting done.†
Ms. Messer said she has been making home visits to The Meadows at Maple Knoll.† She said sheís not sure why because they have their own home health agency there.†
Ms. Messer said most of the reportable diseases have been for Hepatitis C.
Ms. Messer stated that she had received the first hundred doses of flu vaccine.† She has not received the State vaccine yet.