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MAY 2, 2002

The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Health of the Township of Mahwah, held at the Municipal Offices, 300B Route 17 South, Mahwah NJ, was called to order at 8:05 PM by Vice President Patricia Spiech. The Opening Statement was read according to the Sunshine Law and was followed by Roll Call.

PRESENT: Mrs. Spiech
Mr. LaMontagne
Mr. Harris
Mr. Wasson

Absent: Mrs. DeSilva
Mrs. Giegerich
Dr. Harrison

Professionals: Mr. Romans, Attorney
Mr. Hopper, Health Officer
Mr. Ostrow, REHS
Mrs. Hallissey, Secretary


Moved by Mr. Harris, seconded by Mr. LaMontagne that the minutes of the regular meeting of April 4th be approved.

Mr. Wasson commented on the protocol for notifying the "authorities" regarding the filling of his pool. Mr. Ostrow will copy the Administrative Order referring to the filling of public and private pools. (Attached)

There being no questions or discussion the minutes of the
April meeting were approved by all present.


Moved by Mr. LaMontagne, seconded by Mr. Wasson that the Health Activities Report be approved.


Mr. LaMontagne inquired about the three activities regarding SHORECO. Mr. Ostrow met representatives from the State at the site and a new consulting company. New case manager is Chris
Kanakis. They are evaluating the present system and hoping to
have it working soon. The stumbling block is getting access to
the Northbound side because the owners did not give the DEP the
right to access. The Attorney General will file with the county court to get access. The township will be a party to this suit.
June is a possible completion date.

Mrs. Spiech asked about the Bolkema property as it has been on the
abatement list since 1999. Mr. Ostrow was instructed by the township attorney to keep as a violation.

Mrs. Spiech also inquired if Scarlet Fever is a reportable disease. Mr. Hopper said that it was not reportable.

There being no further discussion or questions the Health
Activities Report was approved.


Moved by Mr. Harris, seconded by Mr. Wasson that the Health Officer’s Report be approved.

Mr. Wasson inquired about the Body Art Seminar. Mr. Hopper and
Mr. Ostrow attended. The ordinance we now have prohibiting tattoo parlors could be challenged as Body Art Establishments are now regulated by the State. If such an establishment locates in town, we must adopt an ordinance to license and regulate.
There being no further discussion or questions the Health Officer’s Report was approved.


Moved by Mr. Wasson, seconded by Mr. Harris, the bills for
April were approved.


Mr. Harris inquired about the Marriage License Fees. Mr. Hopper explained that the fees are $28.00; $3.00 is retained by the Health Department and $25.00 forwarded to the State’s program for battered spouses.

Mr. LaMontagne inquired about payments to West Bergen Mental Healthcare. Mr. Hopper explained that the Voluntary Contribution
supplements the WBMH costs. All residents may use their services on a sliding scale according to need. The Agreement for Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse and Mental Healthcare provides services to children, adolescents, and their families, and also
educational programs in the schools.


No report.


No report.


Mr. Romans explained that the owner of Dean Gas and his legal representative was expected about 8:30 PM and the hearing could
begin at that time.

Mr. Romans asked if offenders of tobacco sales to a minor should
be denied a food license. Mr. Ostrow explained that if the food establishment met Chapter 12 of the State Sanitary Code a food license should not be denied.


1) Mahwah SAPS - Annual Report 2001 – West Bergen Mental Healthcare – Agreement for Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse and Mental Healthcare

2) Mr. Hopper’s letter to Bob’s Flower Shoppe regarding denial of
veteran’s discount for food license fee.



No report.


a) Hearing regarding possible recommendation for suspension/revocation of license to sell tobacco products: Goliva, Inc. t/a Dean Gas Station

Mr. Murat Ozen appeared with counsel, Thomas Williams. Testimony was given by Mr. John Hopper, Health Officer as to the violation. Testimony was given by Mr. Murat Ozen
on his behalf.

Following a lengthy discussion which focused on the problems rather than solutions, at the recommendation of Mr. Hopper, Mr. Harris made a motion to continue the hearing at a future meeting giving Mr. Ozen time to investigate some of the possible solutions discussed and what he plans to do to prevent this from continuing to occur. Motion seconded by Mr. Wasson and agreed upon by
all present, the Hearing will be continued at a future
Board Meeting.


As there was no further comments from the public, and no
further business, a motion to adjourn at 9:55 PM was made by
Mr. LaMontagne, seconded by Mr. Harris, and agreed by all present.

The next meeting is scheduled for June 6, 2002.

Respectfully submitted,

Gerry Hallissey


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