Board of Health Minutes from 2/10/2011
 

Kenilworth Board of Health

 575 Boulevard

Kenilworth, NJ, 07033

(908)-276-2740

                                               

Minutes of the February 10, 2011

The regular meeting of the Board of Health was called to order at 7:01 pm. by President Randy Moscaritolo 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               PRESENT                                                                                         Carla Gabriel                        ABSENT

Dr. Jerome Forman            PRESENT

Trudy Neuhauser                PRESENT

Jeanine Pentz                      PRESENT

                                    Thomas Pugliese                 PRESENT

                                    Susan            Ryan                          ABSENT    

Adina Lee                              ABSENT

Liaison Scott Klinder, Health Officer Ferraioli and REHS Cardenas were present for this evening’s 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 Neuhauser.  All in favor.

The monthly income and expenses for April: Income:  $5,697.00 and Expenses $   935.70. 

A motion was made by Commissioner Pentz and seconded by Commissioner Pugliese to approve the finance report and pay the current bills.  Motion carried on roll call as follows:      

                                   

                                    Randy Moscaritolo          AYE                                                                                            Dr. Jerome Forman         AYE           

                                    Jeanine Pentz                  AYE          

                                Trudy Neuhauser             AYE

                                    Thomas Pugliese            AYE

                                 Carla Gabriel                  ABSENT

                                    Adina Lee                       ABSENT

                                    Susan Ryan                    ABSENT

Correspondence: 

A discussion was held with regard to registration for the New Jersey Local Boards of Health Association.   It was decided to table this for two meetings due to the budget.

Old Business:

With regard to the 2011 budget, Health Officer Ferraioli stated that he, Commissioner Pentz and Commissioner Neuhauser attended a meeting with the Budget Committee.   He stated there were no substantial questions.  The Health Officer explained to the committee that he added in 2% which would go primarily for the medical services for the contracts that we have for various services.  The Health Officer said nothing was heard as far as approval but it seemed favorable.

The Health Officer stated the court case for Michigan Laundromat is scheduled for

March 1, 2011.  This is due to the fact that the owner of the Laundromat would not provide essentials for the restroom.  Elmer had done an inspection, explained what was needed and still nothing had been done.   It was then that he issued a summons.

New Business: 

Elmer Cardenas had requested ½ a vacation day on February 11, 2011.  This was approved.

The next item discussed was the recurring grease trap problems. Health Officer Ferraioli stated that the problem occurred again on the 26th of January.   The DPW was called out to unblock the sewer line on the Boulevard and Market Street.   Apparently it was so bad; a contractor had to be called in to clean the lines.   Elmer went out to investigate LaGriglia but no one was there.   The Health Officer then instructed Elmer to inspect the Great Wall and I Love Bagels where there had been problems before.  Both were inspected and both were found in violation.   Five summonses each were issued to each establishment.   The court date for these summonses is April 5, 2011 at 9:00 A.M.  Health Officer Ferraioli asked Bob Ordway for the total cost of the clean-up by the contractors.   When he is informed of the amount charged, he will factor in everything and then ask the court to allow payback from these two establishments for whatever the cost was to clean the lines.  It was questioned by President Moscaritolo if the Inspector did eventually inspect LaGriglia and he stated he did and that the grease traps were clean with the appropriate reports being up-to-date.

The Health Officer stated that the Rabies Clinic had been set up for the 20th of March from 1:00 to 3:00.   He said the Animal Control Officer from Union will help with the clinic.  The use of the Fire Station was requested of Chief Giordano who stated there would be no problem.  A letter of confirmation has been sent out.

The Health Fair has been scheduled for September 24, 2011 from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. at St. Theresa’s.  Health Officer Ferraioli stated that this has not been confirmed with Father Joe yet.  A recommendation that had been made at the Budget hearing is that we ask the blood bank to attend because of the blood shortage, which will be considered.  As far as the blood work, the Health Officer advised the Board that a new vendor had sent in information for services.  The services from this company seem to be more reasonable than the vendor used in the past.  He stated he would look into that.   It was also recommended that flu shots be given at the Health Fair which will be done.   Invitations will be sent out to the exhibitors.  Mr. Ferraioli also stated he listed the poster/essay contest on the agenda to confirm that the Board wants to do this again.   President Moscaritolo stated that the information for this contest went out too late last year and said that he would like it to go out in before the end of May.  Health Officer Ferraioli said he would like to set up a preliminary meeting with the committee.   Commissioner Pentz asked if we could also set up another Rabies Clinic at the Health Fair.  The Health Officer said this could be done.

A discussion was held in regard to Elmer Cardenas attending the NJEHA Education Conference in Atlantic City, March 6 – 8, 2011.  This is for the Programs for Continuing Education which Elmer will need to renew his license for next year.   President Moscaritolo stated that it would not cost the Board anything since he arranged for Elmer to be a volunteer for the conference

Health Officer Ferraioli stated the Well Records from the DEP are now sent on-line.  He forwarded them to the secretary.  These records are basically information related to any wells that the DEP has a permit for in the book.   Most of the records reviewed were for monitoring wells, no potable wells were noted. The wells are for environmental assessment purposes.   The majority of them are on the Merck property.

The Health Officer stated that we received a $10,000.00 grant from the Health Officer’s Association.   That money is not per community.    He stated that with what we learned from the H1N1 clinics, we need to update the plan for distribution of either vaccine or medication in the event of an emergency.  The $10,000.00 will be used for that purpose.   He stated he would have meetings with key stakeholders which would include the Boards of Education in both communities because they allow us the use of their facilities.  He said he hoped that a whole new updated plan can be developed.   The last plan submitted to this Board was in 2007.  He said he will update that plan using what was learned on providing the vaccine for the pandemic last year and the year before.   President Moscaritolo asked if that could go toward paying for the vaccine and the Health Officer stated that he has to go mainly for communication or the update of the actual Plan.

An item that was not on the agenda, but the Health Officer brought up, was doing an exercise within the schools to determine their response to a biological event.  The Union Board of Education requested this.  They asked about doing an exercise within the school to determine their response to a biological event.  One thing that could possibly be offered is a tabletop exercise.  It’s a simulated exercise that would not interrupt school operations even though it should be done during school hours.  It will require faculty input from the Superintendent’s level down to the response teams that they have in place in the schools.  It tests our preparedness in any kind of event, whether it is a man made or a natural occurring event.    He stated that the exercise being planned in Union is going to be a biological agent.   It’s not going to be a terrorist attack, but a natural occurring situation, basically from food handling.    He stated we could reach out to the Board of Education in Kenilworth and see if they would be interested in something similar.  Last year the County Board of Education found some deficiencies in Union and they wanted their plan updated.   One of things brought up is that more drills are needed.   In talking to Union’s Office of Emergency Management they said one of the drills has to be a Health Department drill. 

The next item on the agenda is the changeover of Wachovia to Wells Fargo, which the Health Officer said will affect our account in terms of the routing number.   This would impact our direct deposit for Vitals.   The secretary stated that it was to take effect on Monday, February 7, 2010, but that when she spoke to Bob Ordway, he said we did not change anything immediately.

The Health Officer stated we received a Notice of Deficiencies that was sent out to Midtown shops for petroleum hydrocarbons.  There was an underground storage tank that was removed from the property but was leaking.  There is ground water contamination on the property because of this leak, which is home heating oil.   He went on, in any commercial operation, when there is a leak that is found they need to do a remedial investigation and that remedial investigation plan has to be submitted to the DEP for oversight.   The deficiencies for Midtown shops included not having a plan and not identifying the migration of the ground water to determine in what direction the plume was headed.  Once this information is delineated, the property owner will have to do further investigation, possibly vapor intrusion studies.   If the plume is to the west and there are houses, then those houses will have to be tested to make sure there are no volatile compounds reaching through the ground and up into the living environment.    A consultant would do this type of testing.  If there is a problem, then Midtown shops would be responsible for putting in a system that would extract that air before it gets into the living space of the home. It remains to be seen what they will find during their investigations.  We will get a copy of anything that is submitted to the DEP to keep us informed.

The 1st quarter of our Senior Chronic Illness Grant has been completed and the appropriate papers have been submitted.  The money will be taken out of the Grant from the County except for $104.00 which was taken from last year’s budget,

Dr. Forman questioned about a complaint that was received about a pizzeria storing food in a truck.  Elmer Cardenas followed up on this complaint and he stated that he could not confirm that food was being stored in the truck.  He stated the complainant was more annoyed that the truck was being parked right outside his back door.  There was nothing in the truck.

Commissioner Reports:  None

Liaisons Report:

The budget is now being reviewed.  Some departments will have reductions.  There will be a big reduction in the budget for the library.  

A grant was received for environmental lighting.  They will be putting in motion detectors for the lighting. 

There have been a lot of complaints with the DPW and the problems with snow removal.   The main problem is people parking on the street.   The plows are not able to get through.   People are backing their cars into the street and removing the snow from their cars.  In the future, cars may have to be removed from the street during a snowstorm.  This has been a big issue.

President Moscaritolo questioned the cost of the Humane Society to pick up animals.  After a discussion, it was concluded there are no other shelters available to house the picked up animals at this time.

Opened meeting to the public at 7:46 p.m.

Closed meeting to public 7:46 p.m.

A motion was made by Commissioner Neuhauser and seconded by Commissioner Pentz to adjourn the meeting at 7:46 p.m.

Next scheduled meeting will be March 10, 2011 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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