MINUTES OF THE
BOARD OF HEALTH
TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Health was held in the Town Hall Recital Room on October 3, 2006 at 7:01pm
CALL TO ORDER
With a quorum present, Chair Shapiro called the meeting to order and Dawn Maisano was Secretary of the meeting.
STATEMENT OF ADEQUATE NOTICE
Pursuant to the Sunshine Law adequate notice of this meeting=s date, time and place had been provided to the public pursuant in accordance with the Open Public Meeting Act (N.J.S.A. 10:4-4) by e-mailing to media, posting on the Township bulletin board, web-site and filing with the municipal Clerk
MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE
Bernice Shapiro, Board Chair; Cheryl Coyle, Board Vice-Chair; Angela Cook, Board Member; John Jackson, Board Member; Sharon Martens, Registered Environmental Health Specialist, Middlesex County Public Health Department; Edmond Konin, Esq., Board Attorney; and Dawn Maisano, Board Secretary.
The minutes of the September meeting were reviewed and approved with a motion by John Jackson, second by Cheryl Coyle, all in favor.
SANITARIAN & HEALTH OFFICER REPORTS
The board members received the monthly reports for September 2006. Sharon Martens reviewed the substance of the reports for the Board.
Medical Reserve Corps -Bernice presented the Med. Res. Corp to the Township Committee on the September 25 township meeting. The township committee is in favor of the Med. Res. Corp. in Cranbury. Bernice will set up a meeting with Jay Hansen, Police Chief and Tom Witt, Township Administrator to schedule plans to move forward. She asked if any of the board members would like to attend, they are more than welcome. Bernice will send out an announcement.
OLD BUSINESS (continued)
Children projects for 2006-2007 school year -
Anti-Bullying Assembly (newly proposed) - Cheryl spoke about the assembly that the Cranbury School PTO is sponsoring. Jodee Blanco is a NY Times Best Selling Author. The assembly for the school children will be during the day. There is also a workshop for the teachers after the program and a workshop at night for the parents and community. The assembly will cost $6,000 and the PTO is asking for a donation from the Board of Health. With a unanimous decision the BOH will contribute $300 to the program to improve our school.
Invisible Fence - Mr. Konin agreed that this is not a zoning issue and it=s really not a BOH issue either, if falls into regulations of dogs. He also provided the committee with information from the Princeton Code on Dogs that we may use to update our BOH code. It states that anyone who has an invisible fence to post a sign so people know when they walk by. This issue need to be a case by case basis.
ConAgra Smell - Bernice let the committee know that the subject was brought up again at the township meeting. Sharon said that there were complaints and the County went out to verify the smell. ConAgra was issued a $1,000 penalty. No other information is available and no meeting is set up yet with the township. Sharon will keep us posted. Angie had asked that if you make a complaint, do you have to be interviewed. Sharon said yes you do.
Fall vaccines -County BOH has not received full dose yet. Priority will go to Seniors.
Rabies vaccines -Date set for October 21st 12-2pm at the Cranbury Firehouse. John Jackson and Dawn Maisano will attend.
Bill Bauder stated that back in January he had asked the committee for the budget number. Bernice then said that it was $17,847 and that was used for the County, support programs, salaries, etc.
He also stated that he asked, back in February, what services were provided by the county. His concern is that the sanitation reports are not being read by the sanitarian and that we have not had Jessica Smit present at the meetings in a year.
He then stated that he has been asking about the invisible fence issue since January. He has big problems with six invisible fences adjoining properties on his block. He has constant interruptions with the dog barking. People will not bike, walk or run on his block because of the dogs. There are dogs left alone all day. Bill said that this problem needs to be addressed now and not 10 months from now. Our town ordinance needs to be addressed and updated so police can act accordingly. Ed Konin agreed and
referred to the Princeton ordinance. Ed also stated that if someone feels menace by the dogs they should file a report with the police..
ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:25pm.
CERTIFICATE OF SECRETARY
I, Dawn Maisano, the Undersigned, do hereby certify;
That I am duly appointed Secretary of the Board of Health and, that the foregoing minutes of the Board of Health, held on October 3, 2006 consisting of 3 pages, constitute a true and correct copy of the minutes of the said meeting.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed my name of said Board of Health this day December 12, 2006.
Dawn Maisano, Secretary