Meeting Minutes
April 17, 2000

Members Present


Chairman Diane Oberquell


Commissioner Kevin O'Sullivan


Commissioner Judy Wilson

Approval of the Agenda

The agenda was approved as submitted.

Approval of the Minutes of March 20, 2000

There being no changes, the minutes were approved as submitted.

Audience Reports and Requests

There were no audience reports or requests.


There was no correspondence.

Contract with City of Tumwater – Hazardous Waste Education

Sally Toteff explained that the City of Tumwater’s Public Works Division wishes to contract with the Department to provide hazardous waste education services for Tumwater residents and small businesses.  The contract will fund two projects: 1) Business education and technical assistance campaign for businesses in priority stormwater basins; and 2) two pesticide reduction workshops for homeowners.

Ms. Toteff also provided an overview of the Thurston Regional Hazardous Waste Program, Residential Education Programs, and other Environmental Education Projects.

The Board asked questions of staff.  Chairman Oberquell expressed concern with County staff seeking donations from local businesses to use as door prizes for participants.  Commissioner O’Sullivan stated such action would give an appearance of a conflict of interest.  Erik Finley, with the City of Tumwater, was present and responded.  Staff will work with the City of Tumwater on an alternate plan for soliciting prizes.  Commissioner O’Sullivan MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE DIRECTOR OF THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO SIGN THE HAZARDOUS WASTE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND EDUCATION PROJECT CONTRACT.  Commissioner Wilson SECONDED THE MOTION.  THE MOTION CARRIED.

Amendment No. 1 to the Consolidated Contract with Washington State Department of Health

Pat Libbey explained that this is the first amendment to the contract with the Department of Health for provision of personal health public health services.  This amendment provides additional funding for the Breast and Cervical Health Program, Family Planning Program, Child Death Review and Infant Toddler Initiative.  Commissioner O’Sullivan MOVED TO APPROVE AND EXECUTE AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO THE CONSOLIDATED CONTRACT #08628 WITH WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.  Commissioner Wilson SECONDED THE MOTION.  THE MOTION CARRIED.

Director's Report

Pat Libbey provided limited information regarding a request from a member of the public at the Board of County Commissioners meeting earlier in the day concerning a possible Agent Orange incident.  Mr. Libbey will look into the inquiry and report back to the Board.

Mr. Libbey reported that a preliminary report has been received from the Department of Health Shellfish Program advising of downgrades in the Henderson Inlet and parts of the Nisqually Reach area.  Staff will draft a list of efforts taken to date.

Mr. Libbey reminded the Board of the second local Boards of Health training to be held shortly.  Commissioner O’Sullivan indicated he would try to attend.

Art Starry provided an update on a contaminated well in Tumwater.

Commissioner Wilson shared a report of assistance provided by Bob Mead, of the Department, concerning potential re-siting of a well.  The assistance he provided was well presented and very helpful.  

Art Starry provided a brief update on the Beagle’s septic system.

Health Officer's Report

Dr. Diana Yu reported that because of the recent nice weather, there has been an increase of gastro intestinal problems, likely due to food handling practices at BBQ’s and picnics, etc.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.



Clerk of the Board of Health
Date: May 15, 2000 

KEVIN J. O'SULLIVAN, Commissioner
JUDY WILSON, Commissioner

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