BOARD OF HEALTH
June 1, 2006
(Note: Meeting of May 4, 2006 cancelled due to lack of quorum)
The regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Board of Health of the Township of Mahwah, held at the Municipal Building, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, New Jersey, was called to order at 8:00 PM by President De Silva. The opening statement was read in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Law and was followed by roll call:
Present: Mrs. De Silva, Mr. La Montagne, Mr. Ackerman, Mr. Harris, Mrs.
Tracey and Mr. Wasson
Absent: Mrs. Spiech
Also Present: Mr. Hopper and Mr. Ostrow
At this juncture, the President elected to open the meeting to the public.
Mr. Dennis Kievit, 586 Campgaw Road, was present to express his concern to the Board regarding a fuel oil spill on a neighboring property. There is a home under construction on the property. Apparently, a minor spill occurred when a backhoe was being filled with fuel. Mr. Kievit reported the problem to Mr. Ostrow, who responded to the scene. In accordance with required procedure, Mr. Ostrow reported the spill to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and a spill number was assigned. He also directed the contractors on the scene to stockpile the contaminated soil on plastic and to cover it with a tarp. Mr. Kievit showed pictures of the pile of contaminated soil, which was partially uncovered. He is concerned regarding possible contamination of his well, and the wells of other residents in the area.
Mr. Ostrow explained that our responsibility in reporting the matter to the NJDEP had been fulfilled, and follow up of the clean up procedure is now under their jurisdiction. In the meantime, he has asked the property owner to re-cover the pile of soil.
APPROVAL OF REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
Moved by Mr. La Montagne and seconded by Mr. Ackerman that the minutes of the regular meeting of April 6, 2006 be approved.
Motion was approved.
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ACTION ON HEALTH ACTIVITIES REPORT FOR APRIL 2006
Moved by Mr. Ackerman and seconded by Mr. Wasson that the Health Activities Report for April 2006 be approved.
Mr. La Montagne questioned the Shoreco activity that was listed. Mr. Ostrow explained that he has on the property regarding another matter and, while there, checked to ensure that the pump and treat system was functioning. Mr. La Montagne questioned the status of the clean up. Mr. Ostrow stated that the pump and treat system is functioning, and the NJDEP continues to oversee the clean up.
There being no further questions or discussion, the Health Activities Report for April was unanimously approved.
ACTION ON HEALTH ACTIVITES REPORT FOR MAY 2006
Moved by Mrs. Tracey and seconded by Mr. Wasson that the Health Activities Report for May 2006 be approved.
Mr. Ackerman questioned the number of unsatisfactory food and dairy sample results. Mr. Hopper explained the state regulations for bacteriological standards for potentially hazardous foods. He also discussed our procedure for follow up of unsatisfactory samples, and possible sources of contamination. He advised that the levels indicated, although in excess of maximum bacterial levels permitted by state regulations, would not be of concern regarding a potential outbreak of foodborne disease.
Mr. Ackerman questioned the status of two court summonses listed as pending in the report. Mr. Ostrow replied that the matters have been carried to a future date.
Mrs. De Silva questioned the abatement notices issued to properties at Ramapo Brae. Mr. Ostrow detailed various concerns regarding debris and dog feces on decks. Notices were issued to condominium owners, the managing agent, and to the Bergen County Housing Authority.
Mrs. De Silva questioned a matter of a rooster. Mr. Ostrow stated that a notice of abatement was issued and its owner removed the rooster from the property.
Mr. Harris questioned a summons issued regarding a tobacco age-of-sale violation. He asked if this was a first offense. Mr. Hopper stated that it was a first offense.
There being no further questions or discussion, the Health Activities Report for May was unanimously approved.
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ACTION ON HEALTH OFFICERâ€™S REPORT FOR APRIL 2006
Moved by Mr. Harris and seconded by Mr. Wasson that the Health Officerâ€™s Report for April 2006 be approved.
Mrs. De Silva asked for a report on the status of enforcement of the Smoke Free Air Law.
Mr. Hopper reported that the implementation of the law has gone very smoothly statewide, with very few complaints. Restaurants and bars, in particular, have readily adapted to the law. Mr. Hopper stated that proposed regulations to enforce the law have been published in the New Jersey Register, and there is a sixty-day comment period.
Mrs. De Silva asked about planning for a potential influenza pandemic. Mr. Hopper reported on the Governorâ€™s Statewide Flu Pandemic summit, which was held on May 31st in New Brunswick. He also stated that local Health Officers are working with Bergen County officials to develop a regional plan, after which local community planning will take place. Mr. Hopper was asked about planning for the regular flu season. The Health Officer stated that it is predicted that adequate flu vaccine will be available for purchase this year. We have placed our order, and planning activities have taken place in conjunction with the Director and Nursing Supervisor at HARP. A date for our annual clinic will be set after we have a clearer picture of when the vaccine will be delivered.
There being no further questions or discussion, the Health Officerâ€™s Report for April was unanimously approved.
ACTION ON HEALTH OFFICERâ€™S REPORT FOR MAY 2006
Moved by Mr. Wasson and seconded by Mr. La Montagne, that the Health Officerâ€™s Report for May 2006 be approved.
Mrs. Tracey asked what agency is responsible for the removal of deer carcasses from roadways. Mr. Hopper advised that currently, that is a state responsibility although there is a proposal to eliminate that activity from the state budget. It would then be a local responsibility. County Animal Control removes small dead animals in roadways.
There being no further questions or discussion, the Health Officerâ€™s Report for May was unanimously approved.
ACTION ON HEALTH OFFICERâ€™S ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2005
Moved by Mr. Ackerman and seconded by Mr. Harris that the Health Officerâ€™s Annual Report for 2005 be approved.
Mr. Ackerman asked about the amount of time required to complete the report, and to whom it was distributed after approval. Mr. Hopper provided the information requested.
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There being no further questions or discussion, the Health Officerâ€™s Annual Report for 2005 was unanimously approved.
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark
Block 22, Lots 1, 3 & 8
Mr. Ostrow showed the plans, which include a proposal for four mausoleums, an office building and a maintenance building. The property is served by public water supply and sanitary sewer service.
Moved by Mr. Harris and seconded by Mr. Wasson that the site plan be approved.
Motion was approved.
PAYMENT OF BILLS FOR APRIL AND MAY 2006
Moved by Mr. La Montagne and seconded by Mr. Ackerman that the list of bills for April and May be approved for payment.
Motion was approved.
REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES
REPORT OF ATTORNEY
MAPP and Community Health Improvement Plan Information
Mr. Hopper discussed drafts of various documents regarding the MAPP (Mobilizing Action through Planning and Partnerships), which are the result of work being conduced by the Bergen County Public Health Partnership since the implementation of the New Jersey Public Health Practice Standards in 2003. The goal of this process is to conduct an assessment of the public health issues faced by residents of Bergen County, with the objective of directing resources toward achieving a healthier population. Community forums, focus groups and a telephone survey have been conducted which revealed that
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the primary health issues facing Bergen County residents are access to health care, mental health, obesity, nutrition and physical activity, tobacco, alcohol and drug use, and communication on health issues. Goals, risk factors, contributing factors, resources outcome objective/indicators, impact objectives, suggested intervention strategies and barriers for each issue have been articulated, and members of the CHIP committee, which represent a variety of stakeholders in various disciplines, have been asked to form task forces to address the various issues. The CHIP will be formally unveiled to the public in September.
HARP Quarterly Report
Mr. Hopper discussed the quarterly report from HARP, including services provided in Health Education, Maternal and Child Health and Adult Health. He stated that a recent meeting was conducted with HARPâ€™s Director and Nursing Supervisor to review priorities and to plan for upcoming programs.
Resume: Ralph Grotheer, REHS
Mr. Hopper presented the resume of Ralph Grotheer, REHS for consideration by the Board for appointment to the position of Registered Environmental Health Specialist (Part time). This position is for a maximum of ten hours per week, with the work being conducted evenings and Saturdays. Mr. Hopper noted the importance of increased frequency of food establishment inspections in our overall food sanitation program. Mr. Grotheer may also be assigned to conduct activities in complaint and animal bite investigation.
ANY FURTHER BUSINESS
Resolution No. 06-6 â€“ Appointment of Ralph Grotheer to the position of Registered Environmental Health Specialist (Part time)
Introduced by: Mr. Wasson
Seconded by: Mrs. Tracey
Roll Call: 6 ayes
GENERAL COMMENTS BY THE PUBLIC
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There being no further business to be brought before the Board, upon motion by Mr. La Montagne and seconded by Mr. Ackerman, the meeting was adjourned at 9:25 PM.
The next meeting is scheduled for July 21, 2006.
John Hopper, Health Officer
For Marianne Campbell, Secretary
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