BOARD OF HEALTH
SEPTEMBER 4 , 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 8:00 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. Hallissey, Secretary
APPROVAL OF REORGANIZATION MEETING MINUTES
Moved by Mrs. Spiech, seconded by Mr. Wasson, the reorganization
meeting minutes were approved by all present.
APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES
Moved by Mr. Harris, seconded by Mr. Wasson that the minutes of the meeting of July 17th be approved.
There being no questions or discussion the minutes were approved
as corrected by all present.
West Bergen Mental Health Care - Mr. Michael J. Tozzoli, Administrative Director of the Ridgewood facility and
Ms. Paula Varrassi, Director of the Ramsey facility spoke about
the programs offered by WBMHC and Mahwah's Student Assistance
Options for adding a program on anger management at the high
school level were discussed. Mr. Hopper asked that the WBMHC
prepare a proposal for him to present to the Mayor and Council
for preparation of the 2004 Budget.
APPROVAL OF HEALTH ACTIVITIES REPORT
Moved by Mr. LaMontagne, seconded by Mr. Wasson that the Health
Activities Report be approved.
Mrs. DeSilva asked about the SHORECO activities. Mr. Ostrow
explained that the DEP came to the site to take samples of the
monitoring wells. No results were available yet. The contract
was to be awarded to Handex to run the equipment. Our Business
Administrator called the case manager and was given the same
information that we have. Things are moving along but things move
slowly in Trenton.
Mr. Wasson inquired about the mold complaints. Mr. Ostrow explained that certain types of mold are very toxic.
Mrs. Spiech asked what kind of mold was found in the Municipal
Building. Mr. Hopper said the mold was not tested. The walls
were washed with bleach but the mold came back. It will be necessary to replace the sheetrock. The problem needs to be
corrected. A floor drain in the mechanical room was built
above the level of the floor so that water went into the wall.
Mr. Harris inquired about the new storm water regulations.
Mr. Ostrow said these regulations have been put on temporary hold.
Each town was given the opportunity to apply for a $5,000.00 grant
for an engineering study.
Mrs. DeSilva asked about the twelve "unsatisfactory" sample results of food products. Mr. Hopper said it was not unusual during the summer as kitchen temperatures are higher than normal.
Mrs. DeSilva asked about the mold in the Men's and Ladies' showers of the NY Sports Club. Mr. Ostrow received a complaint, visited the site, and issued an abatement notice. Mrs. DeSilva asked if he noticed a problem in the corner of the Ladies' locker room. Mr. Ostrow will check the locker room when he re-visits the sports club.
There being no further discussion or questions the Health
Activities Report was approved.
HEALTH OFFICER’S REPORT
Moved by Mrs. Spiech, seconded by Mr. Harris that the Health Officer’s Report be approved.
Mr. Wasson asked Mr. Ostrow about the Bat exposures. Mr. Ostrow
explained that state policy suggests that a person who wakes up
in a room with a Bat should begin treatment for rabies if the bat cannot be captured and sent for testing.
There being no further discussion or questions the Health Officer’s Report was approved.
a) Vista Bahn Estates, LLC, Block 23, Lots 53, 54 & 55
Mr. Ostrow suggested that we see the Engineer's sewer report
prior to approval. Mr. Harris made the motion to table approval of the site plan until we see the sewer engineer's
report. The motion was seconded by Mr. LaMontagne and
agreed by all.
Moved by Mr. Harris, seconded by Mr. Wasson, the bills for
July and August were approved.
REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEES
REPORT OF ATTORNEY
a) BCHC Second Quarter Summary
b) Note of Thanks to Mr. Ostrow for his efforts in resolving
a water situation at Franklin Heights.
c) Mrs. DeSilva received a questionnaire/brochure regarding
Environmental Excellence Award Program.
d) Other correspondence previously reported.
As there was no further comments from the public, and no
further business, a motion to adjourn at 9:20 PM was made by
Mr. LaMontagne, seconded by Mr. Harris, and agreed by all present.
The next meeting is scheduled for October 2, 2003.
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