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Meeting Minutes
February 20, 2001

   

Members Present

Chairman Kevin O'Sullivan
Commissioner Cathy Wolfe
Commissioner Diane Oberquell

Approval of the Agenda

The agenda was approved as submitted.

Approval of the Minutes of February 5, 2001

Commissioner Wolfe MOVED TO APPROVE THE MINUTES AS SUB­MITTED. Commissioner Oberquell SECONDED THE MOTION.  THE MO­TION CARRIED.

Audience Reports and Requests

Director Pat Libbey introduced Laura Pennington.  Laura is joining Public Health and Social Services as an Administrative Assistant.  The Board welcomed Laura.

Correspondence

There was no correspondence.

2001 Consolidated Contract with Washington State Department of Health

Sherri McDonald explained that the Consolidated Contract is the main mechanism used to transmit federal and state funding for personal health public health services.  Background information on the specific program areas contained in the contract was provided.  Commissioner Oberquell asked if there was a dollar increase in the contract over last year and if so where the money came from.  Staff will provide a comparison of the 2000 and 2001 contract amounts.  When discussion was complete, Commissioner Wolfe MOVED TO APPROVE AND EXECUTE THE 2001 CONSOLIDATED CONTRACT #CO8662 BETWEEN THURSTON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES

DEPARTMENT AND THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.  Commissioner Oberquell SECONDED THE MOTION.  THE MOTION CARRIED.

Appointments to the Family Planning Advisory Committee

Sherri McDonald reviewed the purpose and responsibilities of the Family Planning Advisory Committee (FPAC) and explained that the Committee is recommending appointment and reappointment of several individuals.

Appointment:

Claire O’Neill

Reappointments:

Pat Sonnenstuhl, A.R.N.P
Sandra Kalla, A.R.N.P.
Beth Harvey, M.D.
Griselda Perrets-Rosales

Commissioner Oberquell asked several questions concerning membership requirements and the recruitment process.  Staff present provided some information and will supply additional information to the Board.  Commissioner Wolfe MOVED TO APPOINT AND REAPPOINT APPLICANTS TO THE FAMILY PLANNING ADVISORY COMMITTEE.  Commissioner Oberquell SECONDED THE MOTION.  THE MOTION CARRIED.

Nisqually Reach DNA Study Grant

Pat Libbey provided an introduction indicating the Department is interested in submitting a joint Centennial Clean Water Grant application with the Thurston Conservation District to identify and correct non-point pollution sources that contribute to surface water pollution with the area. County tasks will include DNA testing to determine the source of E. coli bacterial found in surface waters in the Nisqually Reach area, some dye tracing of onsite sewage systems in close proximity to McAllister Creek, and sampling to identify pollution sources.  Linda Hofstad was present and answered questions concerning the grant.  Commissioner Wolfe MOVED TO AUTHORIZE STAFF TO PREPARE AND SUBMIT A JOINT CONSERVATION DISTRICT/COUNTY CENTENNIAL GRANT APPLICATION TO DOE TO UNDERTAKE WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT ACTIVITIES IN THE MCALLISTER CREEK/NISQUALLY REACH BASIN.  Commissioner Oberquell SECONDED THE MOTION.  THE MOTION CARRIED.

Director's Report

Pat Libbey provided a brief update on the schedule of Shellfish Focus Groups. 

Commissioner Oberquell relayed questions and concerns raised to her by members of the public. 

Based on discussion held with Commissioner Oberquell, Mr. Libbey recommended fees be waived for a septic system application submitted by Dana and Ken Brackett.  Information contained in the record was confusing and given the Department’s role in the situation it is not appropriate to charge the fees.   Commissioner Wolfe MOVED TO WAIVE THE FEES FOR DANA AND KEN BRACKETT.  Commissioner Oberquell SECONDED THE MOTION. THE MOTION CARRIED.

Health Officer's Report

Dr. Diana Yu reported on the following:

1) A warrant was issue to pick up a non compliant tuberculosis client.  A hearing will be held later in the week.

2)  An increase in Hepatitis A has been seen in a specific population.

3) There is a new ruling about the types of syringes that must be used to administer immunizations.  Staff is looking at syringe options and evaluating cost.  The State has been supplying syringes to the Department but will no longer be doing so with the new requirements.  This will have a financial impact.  Staff will look into this issue further and report back to the Board.

4) Ten cases of Measles have been confirmed in King County.  Dr. Yu provided general information on why we are seeing a resurgence of measles.

Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

ATTEST

THURSTON COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH

Clerk of the Board of Health
Date: March 5, 2001 

KEVIN J. O'SULLIVAN, Commissioner
CATHY WOLFE, Commissioner
DIANE OBERQUELL, Commissioner

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