THURSTON COUNTY

BOARD OF HEALTH

Meeting Minutes
May 3, 1999

Members Present

Chairman Judy Wilson
Commissioner Diane Oberquell
Commissioner Kevin O'Sullivan

Approval of the Agenda

Pat Libbey asked that item V, Setting Public Hearing to Consider Temporary Changes to the Thurston County Sanitary Code, be moved to later in the Agenda. There being no other changes, the agenda was approved as amended.

Approval of the Minutes of April 19, 1999

Commissioner Oberquell MOVED TO APPROVE THE MINUTES AS SUBMITTED. Commissioner O'Sullivan SECONDED THE MOTION. THE MOTION CARRIED.

Audience Reports and Requests

There were no audience reports or requests.

Correspondence

Mr. Libbey introduced a letter from Jennifer Tebaldi, Director of the Office of Shellfish Programs with WA State Department of Health. The letter accompanied annual commercial shellfish growing area reports for Thurston County. Portions of the Nisqually Reach and Henderson Inlet areas were conditionally approved. There was discussion regarding the potential downgrade in classification of these two areas. The Board asked specific questions concerning this issue. Mr. Libbey indicated he will ask Sue Davis to contact Commissioner Oberquell to answer questions and provide additional information. Chairman Wilson asked for clarification of the procedural steps involved in creating a Shellfish Protection District and who implements that. Mr. Libbey indicated Sue Davis will provide that information as well.

Information about Tobacco Use and Exposure in Washington State and Thurston County

Diana Johnson provided an update on Tobacco use by youth and adults in Washington State and Thurston County. The presentation included information contained in the Washington State Department of Health Report of 1998; Washington State Youth and Tobacco; Adult Smoking Trends in Washington State; Smoking Trends Among Pregnant Woman; and Why tobacco use is increasing. Mr. Libbey indicated the Department will be looking closer at Thurston County data and will bring that information back to the Board.

Set Public Hearing to Consider Temporary changes to the Thurston County Sanitary Code

Jeff Fancher, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, explained that the Board of County Commissioners was asked by residents affected by high ground water flooding conditions, to consider a building moratorium or interim development controls to prevent development activities from exacerbating flooding problems. Should the Board choose to pursue this matter the Board of Health must also hold a public hearing to consider temporary changes to the Sanitary Code. Commissioner Oberquell MOVED TO SET A PUBLIC HEARING, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, FOR THE BOARD OF HEALTH FOR TUESDAY MAY 18, 1999 AT THE LACEY COMMUNITY CENTER WITH PUBLIC INFORMATION FROM 6:00 TO 7:00 P.M. AND THE PUBLIC HEARING AT 7:00 WITH REGARD TO A MORATORIUM RELATED TO ONSITE SEPTIC AND WATER WELL INSTALLATION. Commissioner O'Sullivan SECONDED THE MOTION. THE MOTION CARRIED.

Director's Report

There was a brief discussion regarding the procedure for the Public Hearing on the Operation and Maintenance Program.

Mr. Libbey stated a letter is being sent from Dr. Yu, Health Officer, to the residents of the Beachcrest development stating the Health Warning has been removed.

Health Officer's Report

Dr. Yu indicated Hepatitis C will soon be in the news again. Dr. Yu provided information on the disease. Discussion followed.

Public Hearing on Revisions to the Thurston County Sanitary Code, Articles I and IV - Sewage System Operation and Maintenance Program

Chairman Wilson opened the public hearing stating the purpose is to consider revisions to the sewage system Operation and Maintenance Program. Keith Smith, Environmental Health Director, presented a brief staff report that included background information. Art Starry, presented the proposed program that included goals and objectives and program elements. The Board asked questions of staff.

The following members of the public were present and provided testimony on the proposed revisions:

Doug DeForest, Olympia Master Builders
Dell Sutterfield, Summit lake
Dan Beedle
Don Leaf
Steve Langer, Henderson Watershed Council
Tim Ransom, Puget Sound Watershed Action Team
Bob Jacobs, Mayor of City of Olympia
Jerry Yamashita, Oyster Grower
John Norman, Tumwater City Engineer
Jack Robinson
Tina Pletsch

When testimony was complete, Commissioner Oberquell MOVED TO CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING. Commissioner O'Sullivan SECONDED THE MOTION. THE MOTION CARRIED.

Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

ATTEST:
Clerk of the Board of Health
Date: May 17, 1999

THURSTON COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH
JUDY WILSON, Chairman
DIANE OBERQUELL, Commissioner
KEVIN J. O'SULLIVAN, Commissioner