Chairman Judy Wilson
Commissioner Diane Oberquell
Commissioner Kevin O'Sullivan
Chairman Wilson indicated Jane Futterman, from the Prosecutor's Office, will be joining the meeting at 2:30 to discuss an issue. There being no changes, the agenda was approved as submitted.
MOVED TO APPROVE THE MINUTES AS SUBMITTED. Commissioner O'Sullivan SECONDED THE MOTION. THE MOTION CARRIED.
Joseph Hattersley, Vera Drew, and Mike Clark, were present and addressed the Board concerning the issue of fluoridation of drinking water. Chairman Wilson restated that the Board of Health did not take a formal position on the issue of fluoridation. Commissioner Oberquell stated it is not a Thurston County water system. Commissioner O'Sullivan asked to schedule time with Mr. Hattersley to discuss further the issue of fluoridation.
A draft letter to Stephen Langer was presented to the Board for review. Board members were asked to review the letter and provide revisions as needed.
It was explained that the Board of County Commissioners approved resolutions adopting a moratorium in areas, which are determined to be affected by high ground water flooding. Included in that action was a resolution specific to prohibiting installation of new onsite sewage systems, expansion of existing onsite sewage systems, and restricting well installations. A legal notice of the public meeting was advertised for the Board of County Commissioners, however the Board of Health, legal authority for health issues, was not included in the notice. Consequently, formal approval of a resolution adopting a moratorium is needed. Commissioner Oberquell MOVED TO APPROVE RESOLUTION NO. H-2-99 ADOPTING A SIX MONTH MORATORIUM PROHIBITING INSTALLATION OF NEW ONSITE SANITARY SEWAGE SYSTEMS, EXPANSION OF EXISTING ONSITE SEWAGE SYSTEMS AND RESTRICTING WELL INSTALLATION IN AREAS WHICH ARE DETERMINED TO BE AFFECTED BY HIGH GROUND WATER FLOODING, EFFECTIVE AUGUST 16, 1999. Commissioner O'Sullivan SECONDED THE MOTION. THE MOTION CARRIED.
Kathleen Eussen, Director of Nursing, provided background information and explained that the presentation would consist of three issues: 1) early notice of new required changes in federal HIV prevention funds and state AIDS Omnibus funds; 2) a new unfunded state mandate regarding testing for Good Samaritans; and 3) implementation of HIV reporting to Local Health Jurisdictions, effective September 1, 1999. Erik Landaas, HIV Health Educator, provided data and answered questions of the Board. Dr. Diana Yu, Health Officer, responded to questions concerning the issue of Good Samaritans.
MOVED TO APPROVE AND EXECUTE AMENDMENT NO. 3 TO CONTRACT NO. CO7728, 1999 CONSOLIDATED CONTRACT BETWEEN THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND THURSTON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT, FOR $17,968. Commissioner O'Sullivan SECONDED THE MOTION. THE MOTION CARRIED.
Jane Futterman, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, was present to answer questions on issues associated with aquatic herbicide spraying on Long Lake. The Board asked questions concerning any authority Thurston County has to override permits issued by the State Department of Ecology. Ms. Futterman provided information. There was discussion of having the Pest and Vegetation Management Advisory Committee review the application in question. Commissioner Oberquell indicated that the timeframe did not allow enough time to have them complete a review, however, she would like an opinion in writing as to what the County can and cannot do and how to impose a temporary ban. Chairman Wilson asked for follow up information and clarification on harvesting water lilies after treating. Dr. Diana Yu questioned if the County Health Officer has the authority to ban. Dr. Yu will look closer at the product.
There was discussion regarding questions of Thurston County authority to suspend the permit for a pesticide application. Commissioner Oberquell would like the Board of Health to write a letter to the Department of Ecology and the Department of Agriculture asking how they handle situations where a licensee has outstanding violations. She would also like to ask the Department of Health to look into the process.
Dr. Yu explained that there has been an increase in reports of Hepatitis C. The reason is likely the increase in publicity encouraging testing.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
THURSTON COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH
Clerk of the Board of Health
JUDY WILSON, Chairman