Board of Health Minutes from 11/18/2010
 

Kenilworth Board of Health

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Kenilworth, NJ, 07033

(908)-276-2740

Minutes of the November 18th Meeting

                                                               

The regular meeting of the Board of Health was called to order at 7:01 P.M. by Vice President Carla Gabriel who announced that the meeting was being held in conformance with the Open Public Meeting Act.  Sunshine law was read.

On roll call the following members responded as follows:

                                    Randy Moscaritolo                 ABSENT                                                                                            Carla Gabriel                           PRESENT

Dr. Jerome Forman                 LATE ARRIVAL

Trudy Neuhauser                    PRESENT 

Jeanine Pentz                          PRESENT

                                    Thomas Pugliese                     PRESENT

                                    Adina Lee                               PRESENT

Liaison Scott Klinder, Health Officer Ferraioli and REHS Weinberg were present for this evenings meeting. 

A motion was made by Commissioner Neuhauser and seconded by Commissioner Pentz

to accept the regular minutes of the previous meeting.  All in favor.

The monthly reports were discussed, approved and carried on motion by Commissioner Pentz and seconded by Commissioner Neuhsauer.  All in favor.

The monthly income and expenses for October: Income:  $849.00   Expenses:  $3,270.91

The Board recognized the entrance of Dr. Forman at 7:04 p.m.

The Board also recognized Dr. Forman’s induction into the American College of Dentistry.

A motion was made by Commissioner Pentz and seconded by Commissioner Lee to approve the finance report and pay the current bills.

Motion carried on roll call as follows:

                                    Randy Moscaritolo                 ABSENT                                                                                            Carla Gabriel                              AYE

                                    Dr. Jerome Forman                    AYE

                                    Trudy Neuhauser                       AYE

                                    Jeanine Pentz                             AYE

                                    Thomas Pugliese                        AYE

                                    Adina Lee                                  AYE

                                   

                                                           

Correspondence: 

None 

Old Business:

The Health Officer stated that the first reading of Amendment to Chapter 212, Article I, Section 212-3 and Article XIII, Sections 212-26 was held last month and was published in the Cranford

Chronicle and that we do have an Affidavit of Publication for that publishing.  He stated the second reading will follow.   After the second reading, and final passage, if the Board approves, it will again, be published in the newspaper.  The day after that publication, it will go into effect.  The new fees will go into effect when the establishments in Kenilworth pay for their new Licenses in January of 2011.

Vice President Gabriel called for motion for the second reading/final passage of Ordinance Amending Chapter 212, Article I, Section 212-3 and Article XIII, Section 212-26.  The Motion was made by Commissioner Pentz and seconded by Commissioner Pugliese.

The Board Secretary read the Ordinance Amending, Chapter 212, Article I, Section 212-3 and Article XIII, Section 212-26.

Vice President Gabriel called for a motion to open the meeting to the Public on discussion of the Ordinance Amending Chapter 212, Article I, Section 212-3 and Article XIII, Section 212-26. A motion was made by Trudy Neuhauser and seconded by Commissioner Pugliese.  There were no comments from the public.

Vice President Gabriel called to close the meeting to the public.   A motion was made by Commissioner Pugliese and seconded by Commissioner Lee.

A motion was called for the Board Discussion on the Amending Chapter 212, Article I, Section 212-3 and Article XIII, Section 212-26.  Dr. Forman questioned if Cranford wanted a copy of the Amendment and said that we should send it to them.  No further discussion was held.

 The Vice President called for a motion to pass on the second reading and final passage of the ordnance.  A motion was made by Commissioner Pentz and seconded by Commissioner Lee.

 Motion was carried on a roll call as follows:

                                    Randy Moscaritolo                 ABSENT                                                                                            Carla Gabriel                              AYE

                                    Dr. Jerome Forman                    AYE

                                    Trudy Neuhauser                       AYE

                                    Jeanine Pentz                             AYE

                                    Thomas Pugliese                        AYE

                                    Adina Lee                                  AYE

The Health officer stated that the amendment had passed and would be put into the newspaper, posted, and the clerk would be notified so that we would have sufficient copies for public distribution.

In regard to court results for the Dangerous Dog case, which was on November 8, 2010, Inspector Weinberg stated that the defendant, Ron Mamola had an attorney present that day who informed her that the Defendant no longer had the dog; he had given it away to another person.  Jessica had issued 3 summonses to Mr. Mamola, which basically consisted of:   if you have a dangerous dog, you have to have papers, a signed posted on the property, the dog muzzled around public, etc., but the charges were dropped. Since the dog was no longer there, the penalties did not apply.  The attorney would not reveal where the dog went to.  Mr. Mamola paid a $50.00 fine for not having the dog on a leash.

Jessica Weinberg stated that she sent out thank you letters to the Senior Center, all of the vendors that participated and donors that donated to our Health Fair.

Jessica Weinberg then discussed trying to find out the amount of money needed to pay the medical laboratory for the blood tests given at the Health Fair.   She stated that she called the company on numerous occasions to no avail. There is a new Billing Manager who does not know how to figure out the exact amount of the bill. The Billing Manager did tell Jessica that there were 126 people who received the various blood tests. Jessica and Health Officer Ferraioli estimated the amount the blood tests would cost and came up with a figure of approximately $2100.00.   The current balance in the Health Fair Accounts after deducting the $2100.00 is approximately $19,000.  Dr. Forman asked for a profit and loss statement for the day.  Jessica said we would have to find out what the lab was charging first.  Health Officer Ferraioli stated we cannot make a profit on anything because we are a Government agency.  He stated we made nothing at all.   It was more of a loss.  But it does come out of a dedicated account, not our budget.  Dr. Forman stated we should have a financial responsibility for what was taken in and what was spent for the Health Fair.  He stated he would like to see a profit and loss statement for the Health Fair at the next meeting.

The Board held a lengthy discussion as to what amount to donate to St Theresa’s for the Health Fair. It was decided that $500 would be donated to St. Theresa’s.  A motion was made by Dr. Forman and seconded by Commissioner Pugliese to donate $500 to St. Theresa’s.

Motion carried on a roll call as follows:

                                    Randy Moscaritolo                 ABSENT                                                                                            Carla Gabriel                              AYE

                                    Dr. Jerome Forman                    AYE

                                    Trudy Neuhauser                       AYE

                                    Jeanine Pentz                             AYE

                                    Thomas Pugliese                        AYE

                                    Adina Lee                                  AYE

Health Officer Ferraioli stated that the letter being sent with the donation should come from the President and the Chairman of the Health Fair Committee.

A discussion was held about the amount of a Gift Card which would be sent to George Pavlik for his volunteering at the health fair.   It was agreed upon, by the Board, that a $40 visa card would be sent to him, along with a letter of appreciation.

The next item discussed was the meeting on November 4, 2010 with Councilwoman Sosnosky, Superintendent Dan Ryan and Liaison Scott Klinder about the grease problem on Market street Jessica Weinberg stated that the end result is that Dan and Jessica will keep in close contact, whereas if there is a problem Dan would call Jessica immediately to keep her up to date.    It was established that summonses need to be written on the establishments that are being negligent in keeping up with maintaining their grease traps. The Health Officer stated he would figure out a way that the   payment for summonses would go back to the DPW.  The DPW is expending their man power and resources, contracting outside companies to rectify the problem. Scott Klinder stated that the DPW had to send four people out and pay for 3 hours overtime with the last problem.  He stated he felt they should get reimbursed and some money should go back to the Health Department, also.   The Health Officer said the summonses should be given out now because Danielle had given a lot of warnings to these people.  Health Officer Ferraioli said that what would be done is to have the DPW give us the exact cost for cleaning out the lines. Once they do that, when we issue the summonses, we will ask the court, not only for fines, but basically the cost for covering the municipality for the cleaning. Then this would be a double whammy for the violators. He said he thinks it is important because this is happening every six months.  He stated that with the winter coming, it will get worse as the cold affects the grease and lines. We will be called again and go through the same thing.  If the Health Department Staff goes out after hours, we can charge because it is in the ordinance.   However, the DPW cannot recover any money, other than if we take the violators to court and divide the costs among the violators. Liaison Scott Klinder stated that whenever the DPW goes out, Dan is supposed to submit a bill to Jessica; he would like Jessica to let him know if she receives any.   The Health Officer said that if we were to give summonses now, they could not be retroactive to the last event.  This is for future events.  He said Jessica will be going out there and checking if they have complied with their protocols for keeping these grease traps clean.  If they haven’t, then she will issue summonses.   Dr. Forman asked when she would be doing this and Health Officer Ferraioli stated Jessica will check when she checks the facilities on her routine inspections.

New Business:

Health Officer Ferraioli informed the Board that a memo was sent to Rob Ordway with the H1N1 reimbursement check we received which was in the amount of $486.00   He said we now need $104.00 to cover the VNA contract.  Also, $80 of this H1N1 money is going towards the shortfall in the grant for Jessica Weinberg to attend the Lead training program.  The third cost was $224.60 which was for four members of a family who were exposed to Hepatitis A through a family member that died. Union paid for the IG because Union has an account and they needed to have to have the immune globulin administered within a short timeframe.  There was basically $409 taken from the reimbursement

Inspector Jessica Weinberg said she had received a complaint for a property at 12 North 8th Street.    The house is vacant.  This is the second complaint.   The first time she received the complaint, which was in the summer, she sent a notice out.  The complaint was about water in the garbage cans, garbage cans filled with sticks, there was garbage in the backyard and side of house, the grass was high and the weeds were overgrown.  Jessica went back a week later and all of the violations were abated.  The neighbor now wrote a letter complaining about the roof caving in, about animals running in and out.   The complainant said she personally trapped animals and let them go elsewhere.  Jessica said she could not write a notice on building issues.   Bob Herbert knows about this property.  After the first complaint, he was talking about condemning the property.  The Health Officer stated the one thing we can do is give a Notice of Violation and if the problem continues, issue a summons and bring the person into court and let them explain to Judge why they can’t maintain their property.  He said, we can work with the Building Dept. and go to court and request, through an injunctive relief of court, that we take care of the abatement and then put a lien against the property.  That would take some time.  This would be a last resort but if it is going to remain a problem, at some point this may have to be done.

 

Liaison Scot Klinder questioned what was going on with the Sumner Avenue property owned by Mr. Paparatta.   Health Officer John Ferraioli stated we had not reported on that due to the upcoming court date in December.

Health Officer discussed the Letter of Agreement in regard to STD services.   He said that we do not provide these services directly through our health department so we have to utilize the services of Elizabeth.  We don’t have that many cases, but when they do come up, they go to Elizabeth, where they keep a record and bill us.  This agreement indicates that charge is $70.00 per patient for the services, so every visit would be $70. We put this into the budget last year.  He stated that we do need an approval on the Agreement.

A motion was called for Approval on the Letter of Agreement in regard to STD services. A motion was made by Commissioner Adina Lee and seconded by Commissioner Jeanine Pentz.

Motion passed on a roll call as follows:

                                    Randy Moscaritolo                 ABSENT                                                                                            Carla Gabriel                              AYE

                                    Dr. Jerome Forman                    AYE

                                    Trudy Neuhauser                       AYE

                                    Jeanine Pentz                             AYE

                                    Thomas Pugliese                        AYE

                                    Adina Lee                                  AYE

Health Officer Ferraioli stated that two members of the Board of Health are up for reappointment next year.   The two members are Commissioner Pugliese and Commissioner Moscaritolo. The Health Officer requested of the Chair that we be able to send a letter to the Mayor and the members of the committee to reappoint the members.   Commissioner Pugliese stated that he is moving in March.  Liaison Klinder stated that he could stay until March.  Commissioner Pugliese stated that he would like to do that.  The Health Officer stated he would send another letter in March when Commissioner Pugliese leaves

Liaison Scott Klinder questioned what was happening with Anne Marie Rice.   The Health Officer stated that he has read over the state regulations and statutes with relation to keeping dogs. He stated that we don’t know exactly what she has, but she does not have a license to either run a kennel, pet shop or shelter or pound.   The license fee is fixed by ordinance.   There are rules and regulations for kennels, pet shops or pounds, and she would fit somewhere in these categories.  He said we would have to look at her operations and then determine what standards she is in violation of.   He continued, Ms. Rice is hiding under the cloak of a rescue, but still there are conditions for which she would have to maintain the animals.  She is conducting business in a residential zone and she should not be there.  He said at this point we are ready to check it out.   If she refuses to let us in then we would need a search warrant.  Jessica Weinberg received a complaint about a person who bought a puppy from Ms. Rice and it had Giardia.   She stated the woman showed her a website that contained numerous complaints against Ms. Rice.  The Health Officer said that these complaints would be enough evidence for the Health Department to go in and check out the operation if she would allow it.   If not, we could use these complaints to prepare an affidavit for a court warrant. The Health Officer stated that we would follow up on this matter

Commissioner’s Report:

Dr. Forman just wanted to remind us to encumber our expenses so they are not taken away from us.  The Health Officer stated that there is a lot to encumber; we have the nurses' services, TB services.  Most of these bills will come in the beginning of the new year.  He asked Liaison Klinder what was being done as far a budget preparation for 2011.  Liaison Klinder stated they he received a letter out and it is looking bleak.  They want no increase if possible.  Health Officer Ferraioli stated there is a 2% cap.  If there are no anticipated cuts, we may have to look at service delivery.  Liaison Klinder said they just want all departments to check where they can cut back.

Liaison’s Report:

This Saturday, November 20, 2010, there is roast beef dinner at St. Theresa’s.

 On December 4, 11 and 18, the Salvation Army Kettle Drive is from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.  He requested volunteers to ring the bell.  It is at the A & P. in Kenilworth.

The Christmas lights will be put on borough hall this week and the Tree Lighting is on the 28th of November.

Opened meeting to the public at 8:02 P.M.

Closed meeting to the public 8:02 P.M.

A motion was made by Commissioner Neuhauser and seconded by Commissioner Pugliese to adjourn the meeting at 8:02 p.m.

Next scheduled meeting will be on December 16th at 7:00 p.m.

Reviewed for Content and Form:

John J. Ferraioli, H.O.

Director/Health Officer

Submitted by:

Karen Kizelevich

Board Secretary/Clerk Typist



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