BOARD OF HEALTH
December 2, 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 President, Wendy DeSilva. The Opening Statement was read according to the Sunshine Law and was followed by Roll Call.
PRESENT: Mrs. DeSilva
ABSENT: Mr. Ackerman
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. Harris that the minutes of the regular meeting of November 4, 2004 be approved.
Upon clarification that two separate inquiries regarding water samples were brought up by Mr. Ackerman, the minutes were approved by all present.
APPROVAL OF HEALTH ACTIVITIES REPORT
Moved by Mr. Harris and, seconded by Mr. LaMontagne that the Health Activities Report be approved.
Mrs. Spiech inquired about the notification procedure when a Mahwah resident is bitten by a dog in another town. Mr. Hopper answered that this is a common occurrence and that referrals between Health Departments and health-care providers is standard. Mrs. Spiech asked if notification was mandatory. Mrs. Homler stated that any physician treating a bite is required by law to notify the local health department within 24 hours, although this is not always accomplished. Earlier this month, Mrs. Homler had devised a new report and provided it to local physicians to assure
proper notification of all entities involved in a bite and/or quarantine situation. Mr. Hopper added that most of our reports come directly from the police and that hospital emergency rooms were consistent about reporting bites to the local Health Department.
There being no further discussion or questions, the Health
Activities Report was unanimously approved by all present.
HEALTH OFFICER’S REPORT
Moved by Mr. Harris and, seconded by Mrs. Spiech that the Health Officer’s Report be approved.
Mrs. DeSilva asked Mr. Hopper to comment on the availability of flu vaccine for those who registered for the lottery. Mr. Hopper replied that we registered over 560 individuals on December 1st and thanked Mrs. Spiech for her assistance in that day-long process. Between the vaccine we were able to purchase directly, and additional supplies procured from Bergen Community Health Care and Holy Name Hospital, we will be able to vaccinate everyone who participated in the lottery registration. All registrants will be notified by mail of their eligibility.
Mrs. DeSilva asked if there would be further opportunity for qualified residents (who did not attend the registration) to receive a vaccine. Mr. Hopper stated that in the unlikely event there was any vaccine left-over, we do not have nurses on staff to administer them. He further commented that over the last five years, the availability of flu vaccine has presented a growing public health challenge.
Mrs. DeSilva requested a time frame for effective vaccination. Mr. Hopper replied that the CDC has approved vaccination through mid-January because the flu season lasts until March.
Mr. Harris inquired about pending items that used to appear on the Health Activities Report. Mr. Hopper replied that while some items may still be active, they were environmental matters that are now under the jurisdiction of the DEP.
Mr. Hopper related that due to the impending medical leave of the Deputy Registrar, he would like the Board to consider appointing Marianne Campbell as Alternate Deputy Registrar. Mrs. DeSilva requested that Mr. Hopper draw up a resolution for the January meeting.
Mrs. Spiech asked if there was any further news regarding the situation at Ramapo Ridge School and referenced a recent article in the paper. Mr. Hopper replied that in a conversation with the Superintendent two weeks prior, he had encouraged (Mr. Montesano)
to move forward with the EPA Tools for Schools program, requesting that both the parents and our office be involved in the process. Mr. Hopper also stated that, at present, the school nurse (Eileen Stevenson) reports no long-term (unexplained) illnesses.
There being no further discussion or questions, the Health Officer’s Report was unanimously approved.
Moved by Mr. LaMontagne and, seconded by Mr. Harris, the bills for November were unanimously approved.
REPORT OF ATTORNEY
A) Discussion on the application for a Horse License by Hawk Nest, LLC is postponed until the next meeting.
B) Resolution No. 04-17
2005 Health Officer Services Contract with Paramus
Introduced by: Mr. Harris
Seconded by: Mrs. Spiech
Roll Call: 5 ayes, 2 absent
C) Resolution No. 04-18
2005 Garden State Laboratories Contract
Introduced by: Mr. LaMontagne
Seconded by: Mrs. Tracey
Roll Call: 5 ayes, 2 absent
As there were no further comments and no further business, a motion to adjourn at 9:08 PM was made by Mr. Harris, seconded by Mr. LaMontagne, and agreed by all present.
The next meeting is scheduled for January 6, 2005.
Marianne Campbell for
G. Hallisey, Secretary