BOARD OF HEALTH MINUTES
MAY 8, 2003
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 8:08 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. Harris
Professionals: Mr. Romans, Attorney
Mr. Hopper, Health Officer
Mrs. Homler, REHS
Mrs. Hallissey, Secretary
APPROVAL OF REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
Moved by Mr. LaMontagne, seconded by Mrs. Spiech that the minutes of the regular meeting of April 3rd be approved.
Mrs. Tracey mentioned that her name was misspelled. The minutes
will be corrected.
Mrs. Tracey also asked if we received feedback from the schools
regarding the Student Assistance Program.
Mrs. DeSilva explained that the school personnel are happy with
the program but would like to see an anger management program
brought into the high school.
There being no questions or discussion the minutes were approved as corrected by all present.
APPROVAL OF HEALTH ACTIVITIES REPORT
Moved by Mrs. Tracey, seconded by Mrs. Spiech that the Health
Activities Report be approved.
Mrs. Tracey asked about the unsatisfactory rating of the potable
water sample. Mrs. Homler thought the sample might have been
taken from property in Deerhaven where a damaged underground storage tank was removed and Mr. Ostrow suggested the homeowner
have his well tested.
Mr. LaMontagne asked what percentage of the town is supplied by
United Water. Mr. Hopper replied that he understands that it does not flow to one particular area, it is mixed with the general
Mr. LaMontagne asked is there a way of shutting the supply down
in case of terror attack. Mr. Hopper explained that water is supplied through a connection point and can be shut off at that
With regard to terrorism in the water supply, Mr. Hopper explained that it would take a significant quantity of contaminents to make an ill effect on the water supply. Although security measures are taken to protect the water supply, it is felt that it would not be a likely target.
Mrs. Tracey inquired of the high number of animal bites. Mr. Hopper explained that there were three dog bites and three cat bites this past month. The increase in numbers could be due to the milder weather when animals spend more time out of doors.
There being no further discussion or questions the Health
Activities Report was approved.
HEALTH OFFICER’S REPORT
Moved by Mr. LaMontagne, seconded by Mrs. Tracey that the Health Officer’s Report be approved.
Mrs. Speech inquired about the conference on SARS. Mr. Hopper
explained that while SARS is a serious disease it is mainly in China, Viet Nam, Singapore, and Toronto. There has been no
community spread in the United States. The disease has spread
through persons who traveled from affected areas, close household
contacts or hospital contacts of people from affected areas.
Children returning from these areas with no symptoms should be permitted to remain in school; only if they develop respiratory
symptoms or fever should they be excluded. The disease is now under control except in China.
Mrs. DeSilva mentioned the letter regarding Tobacco Age of Sale
Enforcement Program. Mr. Hopper explained that the letter was sent to all tobacco selling merchants in Mahwah.
Mr. Hopper also mentioned the notice regarding the training sessions for the Public Health Practice Standards of Performance for Local Boards of Health in New Jersey. It is suggested that
the Health Officer and possibly one member of the Board attend.
The regional meeting will be held Wednesday, May 21st,in Morris County.
There being no further discussion or questions the Health Officer’s Report was approved.
Moved by Mrs. Spiech, seconded by Mrs. Tracey, the bills
REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEES
REPORT OF ATTORNEY
Mr. Romans had a question about the correspondence from BCHC regarding New Visits and First Visits. Mr. Hopper explained that New Visits were patients never seen before whereas First Visits were patients who visited before but this was their first visit this year.
Correspondence was previously discussed during the meeting.
As there was no further comments from the public, and no
further business, a motion to adjourn at 8:30 PM was made by
Mr. LaMontagne, seconded by Mrs. Spiech, and agreed by all present.
The next meeting is scheduled for June 5, 2003.