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<br />HEALTH BOARD MINUTES - December 21, 2000 <br /> <br />Page: 2 <br /> <br />Concern was expressed about lobbying to take funding from other service areas. There were discussions <br />about Initiative 601 spending limits and about establishing an income tax or seeking alternative funding <br />for public health. <br /> <br />PROPOSED STANDARDS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH IN WASHINGTON STATE: <br />EVALUATION REPORT: Dr. Locke reviewed the development of the performance-based, minimum <br />standards for critical health services. The process was meant to not only develop standards, but achieve a <br />baseline study on state and local health programs. In addition to the report provided in the agenda <br />packet, he distributed a copy of charts plotting Jefferson County's assessment. He said the full report <br />will be included in the Public Health Improvement Plan 2000 (PHIP). The Board will continue to hear <br />more about this report over the next year. <br /> <br />Jean Baldwin said one of the benefits of the assessment is that counties will have access to the <br />evaluation data via the Internet. Local health jurisdictions are being asked to continue looking at areas <br />for improvement. She noted that many of the listed recommendations are already on the Board's agenda. <br /> <br />County Administrator Charles Saddler asked whether the state will be eligible for funds through the <br />Kennedy Bill? <br /> <br />Dr. Locke responded that while many are hopeful Washington will be in line for federal funding, <br />funding will be focused in areas such as emergency response, bio-terrorism preparedness, and public <br />health infrastructure. <br /> <br />Member Masci asked what measures are necessary to get the County into compliance on tracking <br />environmental health illnesses and what types of illnesses are tracked? <br /> <br />Larry Fay responded that the County does not currently do a lot of environmental monitoring. An area <br />that might need to be addressed is passive and active surveillance. <br /> <br />DESIGN STANDARDS FOR SITE-CONSTRUCTED ELEVATED FIXED MEDIA <br />FILTER VESSELS: Larry Fay reviewed the policy developed as a result of problems with Glendon <br />Biolfiltors. He provided examples of problems that occur because there are no standards for construction <br />of the sand filter vessel. State guidelines only stipulate that the construction framework of the site-built <br />vessels be made of pressure-treated lumber. The intent of the policy is to require on-site system <br />designers or engineers doing the work, to come up with a material that not only meets the performance <br />standard, but has a reasonable life expectancy. After first speaking with design engineers about the <br />policy statement, Staff will draft a policy for the Board to review. There was some discussion about the <br />20-year life expectancy in the policy statement. Also discussed was septic systems vulnerability to <br />power outages. <br /> <br />METHAMPHETAMINE WORKSHOP: Linda Atkins reported that the workshop was a big <br />success and registration had to be stopped at 80 individuals. Attendees commented that the workshop <br />was appreciated and informative. <br />