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Meeting Minutes
April 23, 2001

   

SUMMARY OF ITEMS

I. - III.  CALL MEETING TO ORDER

Chairman O’Sullivan called the meeting to order.

Attendance: Chairman O’Sullivan, Commissioners Oberquell and Wolfe, Department Director Pat Libbey, Environmental Health Director Art Starry, Health Officer Diana Yu, and Clerk of the Board Patti Swanson. 

Approval of the Board Agenda: There being no changes, the Agenda was approved as submitted.

Approval of the Board Minutes: Commissioner Wolfe moved to approve the Board of Health Minutes of April 2, 2001.  Commissioner Oberquell seconded the motion.  The motion carried.

Audience Reports and Requests:  There were none.

IV.  ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS

A.  ITEM: Department of Health Consolidated Contract Amendment No. 1
PRESENTER:
Pat Libbey
DISCUSSION:
This is amendment No. 1 to the Consolidated Contract with Washington State Department of Health (DOH), which provides funding for provision of personal health public health services.  This amendment provides additional funding for the Family Planning, Oral Health, Breast and Cervical Health, and WIC Programs.
MOTION: Commissioner Wolfe moved to approve and execute Amendment No. 1 to the 2001 Consolidated Contract with the Department of Health in the amount of $94,417.  Commissioner Oberquell seconded the motion.  The motion carried.

B.  ITEM:  Onsite Financial Assistance Program Loan Appeal
PRESENTER: Art Starry
DISCUSSION:
An application for a low interest loan, through the State Revolving Fund, to repair a failing septic system was reviewed and subsequently denied by the Environmental Health loan review committee.  The applicant has appealed the loan denial.  Given the circumstances identified by the applicant, members of the loan review committee and staff have reviewed the appeal information and support the appeal.  Debra Baker, Environmental Health Program Assistant, answered questions on the loan program.  Commissioner Oberquell acknowledged the need for the septic system repair but expressed concern with the applicant’s ability to pay back the loan and the possibility that the County will end up being held responsible.  Staff identified what measures would be taken to prevent that from happening.
MOTION: Commissioner Wolfe moved to uphold the appeal and authorized Environmental Health to loan funds to the applicant sufficient to pay for the replacement of the failed septic system, and to waive the permit fees associated with the repair.  Commissioner Oberquell seconded the motion.  The motion carried.

C.  ITEM:  Site Hazard Assessment Grant Application
PRESENTER: Art Starry
DISCUSSION: Since
1994, the Health Department has conducted site hazard assessments, initial investigations and drug lab investigations using grant funds from the Department of Ecology.  The Department is now seeking authorization to submit another Site Hazard Assessment Grant application for 2001-2003.  Commissioner Oberquell wanted to be sure the other Board members understood that the Site Hazard Assessment grant and the work that Hazardous Waste Specialist Gerald Tousley does relative to meth lab sites under the grant does not include the funding of clean up of those sites.  Commissioner Oberquell suggested that higher than anticipated funds in the State’s Local Toxic Account might be used for such clean up.  She asked Mr. Libbey to look into that possibility with the Washington State Association of Local Public Health Officials.  Mr. Tousley was present and responded to questions.  Chairman O’Sullivan asked Mr. Tousley for a copy of the Bremerton-Kitsap Drug Lab Ordinance.
MOTION: Commissioner Wolfe moved to authorize the Director of the Public Health and Social Services Department to submit the Site Hazard Assessment Grant for 2001-2003. Commissioner Oberquell seconded the motion.  The motion carried.

D.  ITEM:  Sigafoos & Witcher Counseling Services Contract
PRESENTER:
Pat Libbey
DISCUSSION: This is a renewal of a contract to provide Case Management services to persons with HIV and AIDS.  Case Management services assist eligible individuals gain access to needed medical, social, educational, and other services.  Funding for this service is from State AIDS Omnibus, Ryan White title II and Medicaid sources. 
MOTION: Commissioner Wolfe moved to approve and execute the Municipal Services Contract with Sigafoos & Witcher counseling Services for HIV Case Management Services in the amount of $46,139.  Commissioner Oberquell seconded the motion.  The motion carried.

V.  PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION ITEMS

A.  ITEM:  Role of Local Health Officer
PRESENTER: Diana T. Yu, MD, MSPH
DISCUSSION: An overview of the role of the Local Health Officer, including requirements, duties and powers, as required by RCW 70.05.070 was presented and discussed.   The Board asked questions of Dr. Yu.

B.  ITEM: Discussion/Consideration of Changes to the Timing and Format of Board of Health Meetings
PRESENTER: Pat Libbey
DISCUSSION: Consistent with the current review and changes to the County Commission’s meetings, a discussion was held concerning the process for Board of Health meetings and briefing sessions.  Chairman O’Sullivan indicated he would like at least one Board of Health meeting a month to be televised.  There was talk of perhaps having one meeting a month, televised, and possibly held at an earlier time during the day, focused on policy direction, education, etc.  Another meeting could be held during the month could concentrate on administrative actions, possibly using a process similar to consent items on the BOCC meetings. More work will take place on this issue.

 VI.  OTHER

Adjournment:  There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

BOARD OF HEALTH
Thurston County, Washington

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

ATTEST:
Patti Swanson, Clerk of the Board
Date of Approval 
May 14, 2001

The Board of Health meets on the 1st and 3rd Board Meetings of the Month. Minutes will be published when approved by the Board of Health at their next regularly scheduled meeting. If you have any questions regarding this meeting, please contact Patti Swanson, Clerk of the Board of Health using e-mail or calling (360) 786-5581.

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