THURSTON COUNTY

BOARD OF HEALTH

Meeting Minutes
September 7, 1999

Members Present

Chairman Judy Wilson
Commissioner Diane Oberquell
Commissioner Kevin O'Sullivan

Approval of the Agenda

It was requested that the following items be added to the agenda:

1. Site Hazardous Assessment Grant
2. Grown Water Policy Advisory Committee
3. Planning Commission Request
4. Loma Vista/Crowder Road Water Supplies
5. Driftwood Estates Water System
6. Health effects and water contamination as a result of asphalt plants

There being no other changes, the agenda was approved as amended.

Approval of the Minutes of August 16, 1999

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

Correspondence

Department Director Pat Libbey presented a letter from Margaret Hansen, State of Washington Immunization Program Manager thanking staff for participating in the Vaccines for Children training video.

Commissioner Oberquell initiated a brief discussion concerning an article in the Tacoma News Tribune on possible adverse effects of immunizations.

Audience Reports and Requests

Vera Drew addressed the Board opposing fluoridation of water systems.

Dr. Jo Yri also spoke on the issue.

Joe Hattersley, repeated his request to establish a resolution prohibiting fluoridation of water systems any time in the future. Chairman Wilson restated her opinion and indicated she is not interested in doing so.

Update on Beagles Onsite Systems

Keith Smith, Environmental Health Director, provided an update of the current situation regarding two onsite sewage systems on the Beagles property. Mr. Smith provided a chronology and background information. The Board asked questions of both Mr. Smith and Art Starry. Gregg Reynolds was present and expressed concern with contamination of shellfish beds because of this situation. It was pointed out that monitoring is being conducted. Chairman Wilson asked that a system be put in place to make sure sampling is done and that property owners are contacted and kept apprised. Commissioner Oberquell requested a report on the sampling at the next Board of Health meeting.

Final Report: WIC Oral Health Project

Sherri McDonald, Deputy Director, provided an overview of the Final Report of the WIC Oral Health Project. The major emphasis of the project was to determine what the prevalence of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is in Thurston County children age 7-47 months and what habits, beliefs and behaviors contribute to the disease. Areas needing attention when designing intervention and prevention activities were identified. Ms. McDonald introduced Darcy Peterson, Health Department staff working in the Oral Health Program and involved in the project.

Director's Report

Pat Libbey reported on the following issues:

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The Department has been asked by the Department of Ecology to amend the Site Hazardous Assessment Contract to include additional funding to recover costs for home heating oil tank inventory incentives and drug lab investigations.

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A request has been made from the Planning Commission asking the Board of Health to make a declaration of emergency requiring connection to a sewer throughout the Cooper Point area. After discussion, staff was instructed to send a letter to the Planning Commission outlining the Board's position regarding ability of the County to extend sewer utilities to the Tamoshan and Beverly Beach areas to address public health concerns.

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Chairman Wilson asked that copies of the letter to the Ground Water Policy Advisory Committee, providing direction for future committee work, be resent to the Mayors and City Managers.

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An update on the Loma Vista/Crowder Court water systems. Bill Liechty, with the State of Washington Department of Health Drinking Water Program, was present and answered questions of the Board. Commissioner Oberquell suggested Washington State Association of Local Public Health Officials (WSALPHO) discuss the issue of a state regulated drinking water system being kept in compliance for protection of public health and recommend legislation. Bob Mead, of the Department, provided information concerning the source of contamination. Mr. Mead indicated that with the Board's approval a mini study can be done to identify the source. The Board agreed.

Health Officer's Report

There was no Health Officer's Report.

Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

ATTEST

THURSTON COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH

Clerk of the Board of Health
Date: September 7, 1999 

JUDY WILSON, Chairman
DIANE OBERQUELL, Commissioner
KEVIN J. O'SULLIVAN, Commissioner