BOARD OF HEALTH/ADVISORY BOARD MINUTES
MARCH 14, 2011
Members present: Dr. Lisa Kapler, Gaylen Hicok, and Rosemary Tobin
Members Absent: Pat McDonnell and Dr. Jodie Buehler
Guests: Lisa Koppin, North Iowa Community Action and Peggy Funk, I-Smile Coordinator
Others present: Gail Arjes, Administrator Floyd County Public Health and
Jeff Sherman, Floyd County Sanitarian
Meeting called to order at 6:00 pm by Dr. Kapler.
Minutes of the January 10, 2011 meeting reviewed. Motion made by Rosemary Tobin to approve the January 10th minutes, seconded by Gaylen Hicok, motion carried.
March 14th, 2011 agenda reviewed. Change made to agenda, North Iowa Area Community Action will be moved to item A. on the agenda. Motion made by Rosemary Tobin to approve the agenda with the change, seconded by Gaylen Hicok. Motion carried.
Lisa Koppin and Peggy Funk present from North Iowa Community Action. They reviewed their programs and gave informational handouts to board members.
Gail Arjes, Floyd County Public Health/Home Health Care Administrator
Gail reviewed YTD budget, reported that through February the agency has not used any tax asking dollars and has had an income of approximately $3,500.
Gail reviewed the status of our state grant funding. Floyd County has spent all of our state grant funding. Many counties received a reduction of funds; Floyd County did not, due to having the dollars spent. Floyd County did see a reduction in that we will not be receiving our 3% hold. Gail then reported to the board that it was reported to her that our state grant for fiscal year 11/12 will more than likely see a decrease from the amount that was received FY 10/11.
Gail reported that options were discussed on how we can cut costs or what programs can be reduced. Gail reported that the homemaker program was not essential service and it is not required for the county to offer this program. Gail suggested that the program be reviewed and services for some patients be terminated and/or reduced. The homemaker policy was reviewed and those that do not have a medical need will be terminated from the homemaker service. Others will be reviewed and no more than four hours of sliding fee homemaker service will be allowed in one month’s period of time. A drafted letter was presented to the board. Motion made by Rosemary to approve the changes in the homemaker program and letters will be sent to patients, seconded by Gaylen Hicok. Motion carried.
Gail reported to the Board that Garla Rader, HCA has resigned and very few applications have been received for the part-time prn position. Gail is going to wait to see how many aide hours are available after the reduction of homemaker services before proceeding with interviews.
Chart audits reviewed. (See attached chart audit report)
Gail updated the board on additional funding the agency will be receiving for disaster preparedness, more specifically preparedness for a public health disaster. These dollars are carryover dollars from H1N1 and will be used to enhance our response capabilities. The additional funding is in the amount of approximately $26,000.
FY09/10 Annual Report handed out to the board.
Jeff Sherman, Floyd County Sanitarian Report
Jeff reported that his budget was at 62% for the year.
Jeff updated the Board on the radon activities. He had the last radon seminar last week with 54 people attending and had 46 people attend the first one in January. We had good feedback from the people that attended. Still have 68 kits to give out yet. We have also sold 69 test kits this year. Misty will be going to Washington D.C. for a program on Radon Resistant New Construction paid for by the Environmental Health Association.
Jeff presented the board the updated Environmental Health Emergency Response Plan for the chairperson to sign. The plan was just updated in our EH Region 2 collaborative group. We received funds for this project from the state.
Jeff updated the board on tanning bed and pool inspections.
Jeff informed the board that they may have to do some well and septic variances on Carville cabins. They are in the process of subdividing this group of cabins off so the cabin owners can buy their lots from the association. These cabins have been there since the 1950’s. All but two of these cabins have holding tanks and are seasonal cabins. After the subdivision is approved by the zoning board all the septic system that has not been updated will have to be brought up to code.
Old Business: Dr. Lisa Kapler would like to meet with Jaci Miller, Regional Community Health Consultant regarding a policy in regards to Board of Health attendance. Gail will be in contact with Jaci.
New Business: No new business
Next meeting will be held on May 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm at the Floyd County Public Health/Home Health Care office located at 1003 Gilbert Street, Charles City, Iowa.
Minutes taken by:
Gail Arjes, RN