BOARD OF HEALTH
February 3, 2005
The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Health of the Township of Mahwah, held at the Municipal Offices, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah NJ, was called to order at 8:02 PM by President, Wendy DeSilva. The Opening Statement was read according to the Sunshine Law and was followed by Roll Call.
PRESENT: Mrs. DeSilva
Mrs. Tracey (8:11pm)
ABSENT: Mr. Wasson
PROFESSIONALS: Mr. Romans, Attorney
Mr. Hopper, Health Officer
Mrs. Homler, REHS
Mrs. Campbell, Acting Secretary
APPROVAL OF REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
Moved by Mrs. Spiech and, seconded by Mr. Ackerman and agreed by all present, the minutes of the regular meeting of January 6, 2005 were approved.
APPROVAL OF HEALTH ACTIVITIES REPORT
Moved by Mr. Harris and, seconded by Mr. LaMontagne that the Health Activities Report be approved.
Mrs. DeSilva desired more information on an abatement notice issued to A&P regarding their fried chicken self-service bar. Mrs. Homler stated that A&P had changed the design of the equipment by removing the doors to make the product more accessible to the consumer. The replacement was unacceptable because of heat-loss and contamination issues. The new unit is on a rush-order status; the change was picked up on during a routine inspection by Mr. Ostrow.
Mrs. DeSilva inquired who, in addition to Mrs. Homler, attended the Tools for Schools training program. Mrs. Homler answered that
Mr. Alan VanEck, Mr. Ed Deptula, and Mr. Scot VanDemark had also attended. There are two more training sessions scheduled (February and March); an implementation date has not been set pending completion of the training. Mr. Hopper noted that he has encouraged the Board of Education to post a notice on their website keeping parents abreast of the situation and what is being done. He expressed some concern that the Board of Education does not always respond to his phone calls and/or comments. Conversely, Mrs. Stevenson (school nurse) and Mr. Hopper have ongoing dialogue regarding the situation and any suspicious and/or long term illness that may present in the population.
Mrs. Spiech asked for additional information on a tenant application by Red Bandana. Mrs. Campbell replied that the establishment is going to be a franchised pet store, high end pet food and products, with an emphasis on holistic health. It will be located at the northern-most end of Franklin Turnpike close to Arzee Building Supply.
Mrs. DeSilva wanted to know what was required in the opening of this type of business. Hr. Hopper explained that we would be responsible for reviewing the plan. They will need a permit from the Clerk’s office and from us, and we will inspect routinely to maintain compliance with state requirements. Mrs. DeSilva asked if sprinklers would be required in the pet store. Mr. Hopper explained that this was the jurisdiction of the Code Official or the Fire Official and we could not mandate sprinklers based on the Sanitary Code. He further advised that there was a new regulatory office at the state level (Office of Animal Welfare) to oversee and inspect these operations.
Mr. LaMontagne asked if Mr. Hopper had any licensed pet shops in Paramus, and, if they presented any particular problems. Mr. Hopper answered that Paramus had several and proportionately, they generate more complaints than any other establishment. Many complaints turn out to be unfounded, however, every complaint must be investigated.
There being no further questions or discussion, the Health Activities Report for January was unanimously approved.
HEALTH OFFICER’S REPORT
Moved by Mr. LaMontagne, and seconded by Mrs. Spiech, that the Health Officer’s Report should be approved.
Mr. Hopper thanked Mr. Harris for attending the Local Public Health Governance Performance Assessment training meeting on 1/22/2005. Mr. Harris and Mr. Hopper completed the assessment (of our Board’s activity and performance) in approximately 2 ½ hours. It has been submitted to the State and we await their report on our submission.
Mrs. DeSilva asked if the meeting was well attended. Mr. Hopper replied no; of a potential 400 attendees, only 30 or so members
were at the meeting. A variety of factors contributed to the poor turnout, including poor notification and a forecast of bad weather.
The program is being run by Rutgers on behalf of the State of New Jersey and reviews the 10 essential services of public health. Based on the meeting’s discussions and the answers provided on the assessment, Mr. Harris commented on the strength of our Board and the service it provides. Mrs. DeSilva thanked Mr. Hopper and Mr. Harris for completing the assessment.
Mrs. DeSilva asked for further information regarding the disposal of a deceased pet. Mr. Hopper explained that a resident contacted our office as they were not able to afford the services of a vet. Mr. Hopper referred the resident to the Animal Shelter in Teterboro.
Mrs. Tracey noted an item in the report regarding a religious exemption for an immunization. She asked how typical these requests were. Mr. Hopper stated that they come up from time to time, but that the vast majority of parents do have their children immunized. Mrs. Homler related that the present request was for an exemption to the Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine. The exemption was granted by the State.
Mrs. Homler continued that since Varicella is now required, problems are surfacing with the immunization practices. The State only accepts an immunization administered after the child’s first birthday. We have had at least six instances where the vaccine was given prior to the first birthday. The State has refused to recognize any of these (early) vaccines as viable. The children had to have a titer (test) done or be revaccinated.
Mrs. DeSilva asked if anyone had any information regarding a new, disfiguring strain of Chlamydia that had been detected in New York City. Mrs. Homler had seen the news report but had no further information. Mrs. Spiech offered that there was an HIV correlation – a high percentage of those diagnosed also had HIV.
There being no further comments or discussion, the Health Officer’s Report was unanimously approved by all present.
REPORT OF SUNSHINE COMMITTEE
On behalf of the Department and the Hallissey family, Mr. Hopper thanked the Board Members for their kind expressions of sympathy on Mrs. Hallissey’s passing. Mrs. Spiech had checked with the funeral director and determined that a donation should be made to
The Lady’s Guild of Don Bosco, an organization that Mrs. Hallissey
had been very active in. This was confirmed with Mrs. DeSilva.
Mr. Hopper mentioned Mr. Ostrow is still in the hospital recovering from surgery, and would appreciate their calls or cards. Mrs. Spiech inquired of the members, what, if anything, they would like to do for Mr. Ostrow. It was decided that a gift basket of tea, cookies, or non-perishables would be appropriate. Mrs. Spiech had already purchased a card and, asked that everyone present (who had not already done so), to please sign it.
Moved by Mr. Ackerman and, seconded by Mr. LaMontagne, the bills for January were unanimously approved for payment.
REPORT OF ATTORNEY
Partnership for Community Health, Request for Funding
The Partnership is a non-profit corporation working to develop the CHIP (Community Health Improvement Plan) for Bergen County. The State has mandated this plan as part of the new Public Health Practice Standards, however, it provides no funding. Because of
our 2005 Budgets have already been submitted, Mr. Hopper suggested that the request comes too late for the current year. He will convey this to the Partnership.
1) Resolution No. 05-04
Appointment of Marianne Campbell to the Position
of Administrative Secretary/Registrar/Board Secretary
Introduced by: Mr. LaMontagne
Seconded by: Mrs. Tracey
Roll Call: 6 Ayes
2) Resolution No. 05-05
Appointment of Marianne Campbell to an unexpired term as
Registrar of Vital Statistics (NJSA 26:8-15)
Introduced by: Mr. Ackerman
Seconded by: Mrs. Spiech
Roll Call: 6 Ayes
There being no further comments and no further business, a motion to adjourn at 8:41 was made by Mr. LaMontagne, seconded by Mrs. Tracey and agreed by all present.
The next meeting is scheduled for March 3, 2005.
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