BOARD OF HEALTH MINUTES
OCTOBER 11, 2009
President Doyle Webster called the Board of Health to order on October 11, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Attendees: Rita Hart, Lynn Jones, George Kellner, Dr. Kevin Ketring, Pam Willis,
Jean Hicks, Jim Squires, Cammie Mitrione, Dr. Barry Webb and Mayor Doyle Webster
The minutes of September 10, 2009 were approved.
The Boulevard Smoking Violation
Mrs. Mitrione stated Franklin County Courts upheld the decision made by the Springdale Board of Health to fine The Boulevard $1,000 for their third smoking violation. The Board received a letter from an attorney for The Boulevard requesting mediation.
Mayor Webster said he didnt see any reason for mediation. He said it was a blatant violation and they put us through the hoops because the owner thinks the law is unconstitutional, which is not a Springdale issue.
There was discussion about whether it would cost the City more money and Mrs. Mitrione stated she would find out.
Regulation R1-2009 First Reading A REGULATION OF THE SPRINGDALE BOARD OF HEALTH AMENDING BOARD OF HEALTH REGULATION R1-2008 WHICH ESTABLISHED FEES FOR FOOD SERVICE OPERATIONS, RETAIL FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS, VENDING MACHINE LOCATIONS, AND TEMPORARY FOOD OPERATIONS WITHIN THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE; AND ESTABLISHED FEES FOR FOOD SERVICE OPERATION AND RETAIL FOOD ESTABLISHMENT PLAN REVIEWS
Dr. Ketring made a motion to ready by title only and Mrs. Jones seconded. Mrs. Mitrione read Regulation R1-2009 by title only.
Mrs. Mitrione reported the fees are up a little this year. She said they are comparable to Sharonville, Norwood and less than Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Temporary license fees were raised to $35 but they are waived many times because they are part of a City function.
Mrs. Mitrione said she needs to take ten percent off the bottom line of her budget for 2010. She said they did a five percent cut last year. She said they reduced funds for animal control and food sampling. Mrs. Mitrione said she is using grant money to pay for time spent going to meetings, planning for PHER grant activities. She said the Health Department has $34,000 in three grant accounts.
Mayor Webster said in 2011 we hope to see some backfilling in stores and office buildings. He said he is not sure we can continue the animal nuisance and food sampling programs.
Mrs. Mitrione said the PHER money comes in three phases. She said the money is used to plan for H1N1 clinics, pay nurses to help at clinics, and to buy a new refrigerator for the nurse. She said since April they had spent $6,000 in planning. She said the third phase is three times the amount we have already received.
HEALTH COMMISSIONERS REPORT
Mrs. Mitrione said with the repeal of Jarods law, sanitary conditions of the school are the focus of inspections. She said the City could adopt a dimmed down law similar to Jarods Law. Hamilton County has adopted a version of Jarods Law but the County cannot charge for inspections. Springdale would be able to charge for inspections. For now she said they are up-to-date under Jarods Law. She said we will start next year fresh with two sanitary inspections.
Mayor Webster said he would not be interested in levying fees on the schools.
Mrs. Mitrione responded the guidelines might be fine and they could do a reasonably good inspection.
ODH Food Protection Program Survey
Mrs. Mitrione said Springdale did well on the food protection survey and there were no violations.
Mrs. Mitrione reported there were twelve participants in the September ServSafe class, two from the City of Hamilton.
2009 Rabies Vaccination Clinic
Mrs. Mitrione stated the rabies vaccination clinic went well. Thirty-eight dogs and nine cats received vaccinations and ten dogs were microchipped. Mrs. Mitrione said it was advertised in the residential newsletter, by the Community Center e-mail and through the Police Department.
Dr. Ketring said a scanner is coming for the Police Department.
Mrs. Willis asked about the nuisance complaint of the house that smelled like pet urine. Mrs. Mitrione said nobody answered the door or the phone.
Dr. Ketring asked if there is a child in the house? Mrs. Mitrione replied she would follow up on that.
Flu Clinic Summary
Mrs. Hicks reported that 476 seasonal flu vaccinations were given at the flu clinic. Maxim gave 204 flu shots and nine pneumonia shots. Springdale gave 230 flu shots in the clinic and 41 in the Health Department. She said they gave the vaccine to employees and their families, and charged $20 to Springdale residents and $30 for non-residents. It was offered free to those on Medicaid and if they could not afford to pay. The Health Department collected $1680 in fees. Mrs. Hicks said there was a problem with the computers early on that caused a longer wait than normal. At the next clinic we will have paper copies of the registration form and will have the computers upgraded before then. She said blood pressure checks and diabetes testing was also available at the clinic. The next clinic will be October 22nd. Mrs. Hicks stated the reason for using Maxim is that ODH does not want to give the vaccine for free to anyone who can have it billed to Medicare.
Mrs. Hicks said if the H1N1 vaccine is available in a large enough quantity they will give that vaccine at the clinic also.
Mrs. Hicks said they are working with Sharonville, Hamilton County and the Princeton School District to give the vaccines at the high school, middle school and the two elementary schools in Springdale. In response to Jim Squires, Mrs. Hicks said Springdale Health Department will be taking care of Calvary School also.
Mrs. Hicks said children who need a second vaccination will need to fill out a second permission slip. She said they need to know if a child had a reaction to the vaccine. Mrs. Hicks said the clinics for the elementary schools will be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. so that parents who need to be with their children can come with them after school.
H1N1 Provider Sites
Mrs. Hicks stated ODH said the local health departments had to inspect offices of providers (doctors offices) to make sure that they meet the requirements. They need refrigeration for the vaccine and internet access to order vaccine and record vaccinations. She said Medicare will pay for both flu shots and most other insurance companies will also pay for both.
Surveillance monitoring of emergency rooms is showing more respiratory cases. Ohio is one of 27 states with influenza activity.
Psychological First Aid
Mrs. Hicks said the Red Cross provided psychological first aid training for the Medical Reserve Corps. Twenty-nine people attended the class and most are MRC volunteers.
Cammie Mitrione, RS