Kenilworth Board of Health
Kenilworth, NJ, 07033
Minutes of the December 15, 2011
The regular meeting of the Board of Health was called to order at 7:03 p.m. 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
Dr. Jerome Forman PRESENT
Trudy Neuhauser ABSENT
Jeanine Pentz PRESENT
Nancy Lamoreaux PRESENT
Adina Lee ABSENT
Liaison Scott Klinder, Acting Health Officer Gapas and REHS Elmer Cardenas were present for this evening’s meeting.
A motion was made by Commissioner Pentz and seconded by Commissioner Lamoreaux to accept the regular minutes of the previous meeting. All in favor.
The monthly reports were discussed, approved and carried on motion by Vice President Gabriel and seconded by Commissioner Pentz. All in favor.
The monthly income and expenses for November: Income: $276.00 and
A motion was made by Commissioner Pentz and seconded by Commissioner Lamoreaux 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 ABSENT
Nancy Lamoreaux AYE
Carla Gabriel AYE
Adina Lee ABSENT
The REHS spoke about a thank you letter received from the volunteer group utilized at the Health Fair. He stated that they were thankful with the donation received and would be glad to help again.
The REHS then spoke about the bill received from the lab which did the blood work at the Health Fair. He stated that the amount of that bill was for $2,184.00.
President Moscaritolo then stated he received a letter from Mr. Ferraioli thanking the Board. The secretary read it to the Board.
The first item of old business discussed was the Pod Plan. Acting Health Officer Gapas spoke about updating the POD plan. He discussed a table of organization distributed to the Board Members. He requested them to look it over and volunteer for any of the positions on the table. He stated there may be people within the Borough
or on the Board that can fill the positions. He discussed the various positions. He said that if anyone had questions to contact him. After a discussion, it was decided that the Acting Health Officer would give recommendations as to who outside of the Board would best fit the various positions. He will have this information at the January meeting.
The next item discussed was the rabies Clinic. The REHS stated that the next confirmed rabies clinic will be on March 11, 2012 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., at the Kenilworth Fire House. He told the Board that the Clerk’s Office sends out licensing postcards to all licensed cat and dog owners. The information about the rabies clinic was added to the postcards. The REHS felt this notification would enable a better turn out. He stated that tags would need to be purchased for 2012.
A discussion was held with regard to the Official Board Newspapers. The secretary stated that there had been problems putting information in the Local Source. She requested that the two official newspapers be the Cranford Chronicle and the Suburban news. After a discussion it was decided the official newspapers of the Board of Health would be the Cranford Chronicle and the Suburban News.
A copy of the proposed 2012 meeting dates had been distributed to the Board.
A discussion then followed and it was decided the February meeting would be changed from February 9 to February 23.
The next item discussed by the Acting Health Officer was whether the Kenilworth Health Department should accept anonymous complaints. The REHS explained that there was an issue where a complaint, actually a concern, was received and followed up by him. The person who received the complaint was extremely agitated. He filed an OPRA request to find out who filed the complaint. The REHS and the Acting Health Officer felt that the OPRA request was filed for retaliation purposes. The Acting Health Officer stated he chose to redact the complainant’s information and showed the Board case law which proved this could be done. He then requested of the Board if they felt that the Health Department should continue to taking anonymous complaints. After a discussion it was decided by the Board to continue this practice.
The REHS’s Vacation of January 16 through January 27, 2012 was acknowledged by the Board.
In regard to the Business Licensing, the secretary stated that they licensing packages were ready to be mailed, which will be done on January 3, 2012. Acting Health Officer Marconi then brought up the question of nonprofit organizations and the fee waiver. He said he understood that schools are exempt from fees. The Board agreed with this.
The commissioner then stated that there are two houses on 21st Street which are being built and that the Department should confirm that sewer and rain water is being disposed of safely and effectively.
He stated that a snow ordinance was passed on December 14th. It states that when it snows, there is no parking on the odd numbered side of the streets for 24 hours afterwards.
He stated the Reorganization Meeting is New Year’s Day.
He also stated that the tree lighting was held on December 11, 2011.
Opened meeting to the public at 7:46 p.m.
Closed meeting to public 7:46 p.m.
Next scheduled meeting will be January 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Reviewed for Content and Form:
Marconi Gapas, Acting H.O.
Acting Director/Health Officer
Board Secretary/Clerk Typist
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