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JANUARY 8, 2004

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 8:00 PM by First Vice President, Patricia Spiech. The Opening Statement was read according to the Sunshine Law and was followed by Roll Call.

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

ABSENT: Mrs. DeSilva

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


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

Mrs. Spiech asked about copies of reports. Mr. Hopper explained that as per the Open Public Records Act, fees are charged for copies of records.

There being no further questions or discussion the minutes were approved by all present.


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

Mr. Ackerman mentioned the disparity between the number of inspections and the number of ratings. "Spot" checks are
not rated.

Mr. Ackerman asked Mr. Ostrow about the meeting he attended
regarding Investigative Responses to Bioterrorism which was held at the BC Police and Fire Academy. Mr. Hopper also attended the meeting. It was a meeting of Police, OEM, Public Health workers
all in one place. Case scenarios were presented and mass
vaccination was discussed.

Mr. Ackerman asked about the rabies visits. Mr. Ostrow explained
that one animal bite could entail several visits.

Mrs. Spiech inquired about the statistics on persons with rabies.
Mr. Hopper explained that cases of human rabies are extremely rare. If a person is bitten by an animal that is unavailable for
observation or testing, that person is told to get post exposure treatment immediately.

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


Moved by Mrs. Tracey, seconded by Mr. LaMontagne that the Health Officer’s Report be approved.

Mr. Ackerman asked Mr. Hopper about the Nextel Blackberry training. Mr. Hopper showed everyone his latest communication item which does everything. It is a calculator, calendar, data
base, you can surf the web, e-mail, etc.

Mrs. Spiech asked about the possible food sickness outbreak
Mr. Ostrow explained that Mahwah Youth Sports Association
sponsored an event at the Sheraton Crossroads Hotel which
was attended by about 450 persons. Three persons became ill after the event. Mr. Ostrow did an inspection but could not trace the illnesses back to the food.

Mr. Wasson asked about the Senior Health Fair. Mr. Hopper explained that the Health Fair would offer health screenings such
as Blood Pressure Screening, Cholesterol Check, Body Fat Analysis
possibly a podiatrist might be in attendance.

Publicity will include flyers, posters placed around town and newspaper articles.

There being no further discussion or questions the Health Officer’s Report was approved.



Vista Bahn Estates, LLC - Blk 23, Lots 53,54,55 - Amended.
Mr. Ostrow reported that we received the water/sewer report from Malcolm Pirnie. All eight homes will have pressure sewer systems
with a collection point. A motion to approve the site plan based on a sewer system only was made by Mr. Harris, seconded by
Mr. Wasson and approved by all present.


Moved by Mr. Ackerman, seconded by Mr. Harris the Bills were approved.


No reports.


No report.

Mr. Romans asked Mr. Ostrow to bring us up to date on the status of SHORECO. Mr. Ostrow said he received an e-mail that the State signed off on the Application by NWBSA to allow for discharge.
The document will be sent to us for the Township to sign off.
Mr. Ostrow said he will hand deliver the signed documents and
the trench should be operating soon.


1) NJ Local Boards of Health National Association - Newsbrief


a) Resolution #04-1 - Ordinance #03-113 - An ordinance to amend the revised general ordinances of the Board of Health of the Township of Mahwah, Chapter BH: XVIII, Entitled "Fees
for Services", by adding a new section BH: 18-3 - on final passage

Introduced by: Sydney Harris
Seconded by: Donald Wasson
Roll Call: 6 ayes

b) Resolution No. 04-2 – Bergen Community Health Care
2004 Contract

Introduced by: Robert LaMontagne
Seconded by: Howard Ackerman
Roll Call: 6 ayes

Resolution #04-3 - Reappointment of Yvonne T. Driscoll, MD as
Child Health Conference Physician

Introduced by: Debora Tracey
Seconded by: Howard Ackerman
Roll Call: 6 ayes


As there was no comments from the public, and no further business, a motion to adjourn at 9:05 PM was made by
Mr. LaMontagne, seconded by Mr. Harris, and agreed by all.

The next meeting is scheduled for FEBRUARY 5, 2004.

Respectfully submitted,

Gerry Hallissey


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