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DECEMBER 15, 2008

7:00 PM 8:45 PM



Members Present:  Gaylen Hicok, Pat McDonnell, and Dr. Lisa Kapler


Others Present:  Jeff Sherman, Floyd County Sanitarian, Gail Arjes, Director of Public Health, and Kim Schrage.


Members Absent:  Dr. Bruce Dietrich and Barb Quam


Guest:  Rose Mary Tobin.  



Meeting called to order at 7:00 PM by Pat McDonnell.  Acknowledge guest Rose Mary Tobin. 


Agenda approved Motion to approve agenda by Dr. Lisa Kapler, seconded by Gaylen Hicok.  Motion carried.


Minutes from November 10th meeting reviewed and approved by Board.  Motion made by Dr.  Lisa Kapler, seconded by Gaylen Hicok.  Motion carried. 


Gail Arjes, Floyd County Public Health/Home Health Administrator


A:  Gail reviewed the new budget for 09/10.  Gail asked for an increase in advertising due to the importance of getting Floyd County Public Health name out in the community and letting the public know the different services the agency offers.  Pat McDonnell suggested tracking the number of referrals the agency receives due to the advertising.  Motion made by Dr. Kapler, seconded by Gaylen Hicok.  Motioned carried.   


Chart Audits:  Gail explained to the Board she added Chart Audit to the 09/10 budget.  Gail explained the two options:  1.   Public Health to hire a nurse to come into the office to review charts every quarter.  This option would also include paying her mileage. 





2.  Send charts to a nurse to audit every quarter. This would involve sending charts outside the facility.  Dr. Kapler suggested calling Joan Peterson a nurse from Butler County and see if she would be interested in reviewing charts.  Gail will review all options and keep Board informed. 


Dues:  Iowa Alliance Home Care increased the membership.  Gail explained the importance of keeping this membership.   Iowa Alliance Home Care offers several educational meetings and information vital to Home Care.


Wage Increase:  Gail requested an increase in wage for a support staff person.   This would be a five percent increase effective July 1st, 2009.


Motion made to accept Budget 09/10 made by Dr. Kapler, seconded by Gaylen Hicok. Motioned carried.


B.  Lead Grant Lead Grant has been applied for the 09/10 year.  Children lead testing will be done by Public Health.  Cerro Gordo County will do environmental investigations if needed and this will be funded by the lead grant.  Motion made by Dr. Kapler, seconded by Gaylen Hicok.  Motion carried. 


C.  MOU Signature needed by Pat McDonnell regarding the MOU with Cerro Gordo.  Gail will take to meeting and obtain signature from Cerro Gordo instead of sending through the mail. 


D.  Cattle Concern Gail and Jeff explained to the Board of Health the concern a local cattle man has regarding his cattle.  Resident complained of cattle losing hair, aborting calves, bull being sterile, etc.   Gail contacted and explained what the Iowa Department of Public Health and Veternarian stated. 


Jeff Sherman, Floyd County Sanitarian


A.  Jeff reviewed his current budget which stands at 39.84 percent year to date.  Jeff does not anticipate a need for a budget amendment.  Budget for 09/10 was reviewed.   

Jeff has put in the budget 09/10 year for Misty to be full time.   Jeff requested an increase of 12% in his wage.  Jeff also presented wage information from other counties with similar duties for comparison.   Motion made to approve budget by Gaylen Hicok, seconded by Dr. Kapler.  Motion carried.




  1. Radon Jeff handed out information to the Board of Health that he and Misty received when they attended the meeting on Radon.  Jeff will also have Gail speak on the radio regarding Radon. 


  1. Nitrates in Water A resident from Mitchell County called Jeff regarding nitrates in water.  This has been an on-going issue with Mitchell County since 2004.  This resident feels this could become a problem for Floyd County.  Will monitor. 


Old Business:  Dr. Bruce Dietrich has not been able to attend Board of Health Meetings.  It was suggested he be asked if he wishes to continue his position on the Board.  Pat McDonnell will be absent during the Board of Health meeting in January 2009.  Dr. Lisa Kapler was nominated temporary chairperson for the month of January.  Motion made by Pat McDonnell, seconded by Gaylen Hicok.  Motion carried. 


Gail informed the Board of Health the Jaci Miller, RCHC will do training regarding the new member chosen for the Board of Health.  Other members voiced they would be interested in attending.  Gail will schedule training some time in April.  Will keep Board informed of time and date.  Gail asked members if they would be interested in attending the IDPH Conference.  Gail will bring flyers and let members know time and dates of conference. 


New Business:  No new business.


Next meeting will be held January 12, 2009 at 7:00 PM in the Assembly Room of the Floyd County Courthouse.


Motion to adjourn by Pat McDonnell, seconded by Gaylen Hicok. 


Meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM



Minutes taken by:




Kim Schrage


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