Meeting Minutes
April 19, 1999

Members Present

Chairman Judy Wilson
Commissioner Diane Oberquell
Commissioner Kevin O'Sullivan

Approval of the Agenda

There being no changes, the agenda was approved as submitted.

Approval of the Minutes of April 5, 1999 


Audience Reports and Requests

There were no audience reports or requests.


Pat Libbey introduced two items of correspondence commending the food program. The first was a note thanking staff for a class given to the Health Occupations class at the New Market Vocational Skills Center.

The second item was a Certification of Appreciation for participation in the development of the Washington State Department of Health's Food Program Self-Assessment Tool.

Contract with Washington State Department for Ryan White Care Act Funds

Kathleen Eussen, Director of Personal Health/Nursing, explained that the Federal Ryan White CARE Act provides funding to local communities to pay for direct services to HIV infected people and their families. The Thurston County HIV CARE Consortium reviews proposals submitted by community agencies for local delivery of services. Thurston County Public Health and Social Services has been appointed as the fiscal agent for the Consortium. Commissioner Oberquell MOVED TO APPROVE AND EXECUTE CONTRACT #8323 FOR $101,826 BETWEEN THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND THURSTON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT FOR PAYMENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICES TO HIV/AIDS INFECTED PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES AND AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR TO DEVELOP AND EXECUTE SUBCONTRACTS WITH COMMUNITY PROVIDERS. Commissioner O'Sullivan SECONDED THE MOTION. THE MOTION CARRIED.

Ms. Eussen answered questions of the Board concerning HIV/AIDS in Thurston County. Chairman Wilson complimented staff on the work plan created.

1999 Interagency Agreement (Consolidated Contract) with the Washington State Department of Health

Kathleen Eussen explained that the Consolidated Contract is the main vehicle used to transmit federal and state funding, for many local public health activities, to the County. Ms. Eussen indicated that Thurston County was selected as a "pilot" county in Washington, for the purpose of looking at ways to streamline the contracting process and decrease paperwork, while at the same time encouraging local health departments to explore ways of being more flexible in responding to local needs while meeting mandated requirements. Ms. Eussen highlighted changes made to the agreement based on review by the Prosecuting Attorney's Office. When discussion was complete, Commissioner Oberquell MOVED TO APPROVE AND EXECUTE INTERAGENCY AGREEMENT #C07728 BETWEEN THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND THURSTON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT FOR THE PROVISION OF PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES IN THURSTON COUNTY, AS AMENDED. Commissioner O'Sullivan SECONDED THE MOTION. THE MOTION CARRIED.

Director's Report

Keith Smith, Environmental Health Director, reminded the Board of public meetings to be held on the Operation and Maintenance Program. A letter was discussed from the Olympia Master Builders, expressing concerns that the Association was not included in the discussions relating to the revisions to Article IV, and requesting copies of the proposed changes and a meeting to provide comments. Staff indicated information would be sent to the Association and a meeting will be set up.

Commissioner Oberquell indicated she will not be available for the information sessions, due to other commitments. Pat Libbey assured the information from the meetings will be provided to the Board to assist them during deliberations.

There was a brief discussion concerning possible requests for refunds if fees are decreased. It was decided that charging of fees will go from the point of change forward. No refunds will be issued.

Mr. Libbey announced that the Department's Centers for Disease Control application for a 2 year prevention specialist position has been chosen as a finalist. Sherri McDonald and the Epidemiology Office staff were acknowledged for the high quality proposal submitted.

Mr. Libbey explained that the Department was requested by Together! and the City of Olympia to look at resident's needs at the Forest Glen Apartments. Several health problems have been identified, including building code violations.

Health Officer's Report

Dr. Diana Yu reported on the following:

There will be articles in the Olympian over the next week(s)on the subject of mold.

She is working with Department staff on the issue of children involved in methamphetamine drug busts, to look at the health effects and ways to break the cycle.

A new tuberculosis case.

Update on her serving as Acting Health Officer for Lewis County.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.



Clerk of the Board of Health


Date: May 3, 1999



KEVIN J. O'SULLIVAN, Commissioner