MINUTES OF THE CRANBURY TOWNSHIP

BOARD OF HEALTH MEETING

February 28, 2006

 

Time and Place of Meeting:  The February monthly meeting, held at the Cranbury Town Hall, was duly opened by Chairwoman Shapiro at 7:00 p.m.

 

In Attendance:  Bernice Shapiro, Board Vice Chair; John Jackson, Board Member; Cheryl Coyle, Board Member; Angela Cook, Board Member; Dr. John Coumbis, Board Member; Sharon Martens, Middlesex County Public Health Department; Edmond Konin, Esq., Board Attorney; and Kathleen Wasson, Board Secretary.  Two Cranbury residents also attended, Mr. and Mrs. Bauder of Petty Road.

 

Call to Order:  With a quorum present, Vice Chair Shapiro called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m. and stated that adequate notice of the meeting’s date, time and place had been provided to the public pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act (N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.) by mailing to the media, posting on the Township bulletin board and filing with the Town Clerk.  The Board proceeded with new business.

                                                                                                                  

 

First order of business:  January Meeting Minutes

The January minutes were approved as amended; motion by John Jackson; second by Cheryl Coyle.   

 

Second order of business:  Public Health Report

          The Board members received the monthly report for January, 2006.  Sharon Martens reviewed the substance of the report for the Board.  The Board members asked how many cases of Novovirus occurred at the Elms.  Chairwoman Shapiro asked whether Jessica conducted a follow up visit.  Dr. Coumbis said that the real concern is reoccurrence.  Chairwoman Shapiro asked about Hot Wok.  Sharon said that it is not indicated in Jessica’s report.  The information will be obtained for the next meeting.

 

Third order of business:  Environmental Report

          The Board members received the report for the month of January, 2006.  Sharon did not bring the new septic for plan review tonight. Chairwoman Shapiro asked if there was any urgency to get it reviewed.  Sharon said no.  John Jackson asked how a tank is abandoned.  Sharon said that it is filled in with crushed rock.  Chairwoman Shapiro asked whether the owner is given a certificate.  Sharon Martens said that the BOH keeps a record of it in their files. 

 

Fourth order of business: Old Business

          The Board reviewed the model ordinance distributed by Sharon Martens at the January meeting.  Chairwoman Shapiro suggested that the Board table discussion of the model ordinance until the April meeting.  Dr. Coumbis asked about enforcing the rules about pumping out septic systems.  Sharon said that they enforce malfunctions, not prevention.  The County keeps files on installations and inspections.  The County sends out periodic reminders to homeowners about pumping out septic systems. 

          John Jackson spoke with Michael Lupovici about the rabies vaccination issue.  He had no knowledge of vaccination requirements.  Jerry Thorne, the animal control officer, has had the vaccination.

          Angie Cook asked about publishing the County Health Department’s telephone number for the purpose of giving the public the information about whom to contact if they smell the odor from ConAgra.  The Board discussed contacting Mayor Panconi about including information in his letter to the town in the coming newsletter.  Chairwoman will e-mail Mayor Panconi.  Sharon added that the County has inspectors that go out on off-hours to check out such complaints.

          Dr. Coumbis discussed information he received from other communities about dog bites.  He said that the 2nd week of May is dog bite prevention week.  He said the two groups most often injured by dog bites are children and senior citizens.  Dr. Coumbis will be receiving information and materials from the CDC on this issue and hopes to be able to distribute it through the school and senior communities in town.  Angie Cook will contact Jane Elias at the Four Seasons.  Cheryl Coyle will speak with the PTO.  Angie Cook suggested having the materials available at the Rabies Clinic and perhaps at Cranbury Day.

          Dr. Coumbis discussed the Middlesex County Medical Reserve Corps and developing a Cranbury Unit.  He provided written materials to Chairwoman Shapiro.  Dr. Coumbis will write something for publication and send it to Chairwoman Shapiro.

 

Fifth order of business:  New Business

          2006 Goals and objectives:  Chairwoman Shapiro suggested the community outreach program to provide seminars for the various populations in town.  Dr. Coumbis suggested doing some research to identify issues that apply to Cranbury residents, such as reviewing the records of the First Aid Squad, etc., and analyzing the data.  Angie Cook suggested checking with other town boards to see where their goals overlap and collaborating on those issues.  Dr. Coumbis stressed conducting a needs assessment. The Board will discuss this at the next meeting.

 

Public Forum:  The Chair opened the public forum at 8:25 p.m.  Mr. Bauder asked about minutes and the health budget.  He also expressed concern that the township is spending money on things which can be provided by the County.  He wonders whether the BOH is fully utilizing the services available to the town under its contract with the County and asked if the Board is aware of what is supposed to be provided under that contract.  Mr. Bauder objected to the statement by the Board that there is no health concern involved with the ConAgra issue.  He said that he has information about ConAgra’s record in the past in dealing with these issues.  Mrs. Bauder suggested that they can help get information out through the Cranbury Presbyterian Church.    

 

Adjournment:  There being no further business before the Board, the Chair stated that she would entertain a motion to adjourn.  The motion was made by John Jackson and seconded by Angie Cook.  The vote was unanimous in favor of adjournment and the meeting was concluded at 8:50 p.m.

 

Certification:  I, the undersigned, do hereby certify that I am the duly appointed Secretary of the Cranbury Township Board of Health and that this document, consisting of 3 pages, constitutes a true and correct copy of the minutes of the monthly meeting held on February 28, 2006.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed my name this 24th day of April, 2006.

 

 

Kathleen S. Wasson

Board Secretary