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<br />JEFFERSON COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH <br />MINUTES <br />Thursday, August 16, 2001 <br /> <br />Board Members: <br />Dan Titterness, Member - County Commissioner District #1 <br />Glen Huntingford, Member - County CommÙJ'ioner DÙtrid #2 <br />Richard Wqjt, Member - County Commissioner District #3 <br />Geoffrey Masci, Member - Port Townsend City Coundl <br />jtll Buhler, Chairman - Hospital Commissioner District #2 <br />Sheila Westerman, Vice Chairman - Citizen at Large (City) <br />Roberta FrisseJI - Citizen at Large (County) <br /> <br />Staff Members: <br />Jean Baldwin, Nursing Sen;ices Director <br />Larry Fqy, Environmental Health Diredor <br />Thomas Locke, MD, Health qffìccr <br /> <br />Chairman Buhler called the meeting to order at 2:35 p.m. All Board and Staff members were present <br />with the exception of Commissioner Huntingford. Member Masci moved to approve the agenda. <br />Commissioner Wojt seconded the motion, which carried by a unanimous vote. <br /> <br />APPROVAL OF MINUTES <br /> <br />Member Masci moved to approve the minutes of July 19, 2001. Commissioner Wojt seconded the <br />motion, which carried by a unanimous vote. <br /> <br />PUBLIC COMMENT <br /> <br />Dale Wurtsmith spoke about the On-Site Sewage Ordinance adopted by the Board on May 17, 2001. He <br />requested that the provisional licenses for Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of conventional systems <br />be expanded to include alternative systems. As a member of the Washington On-Site Sewage <br />Association (WOSSA), he noted that most of his training relates to alternative systems. He has <br />submitted an application to be licensed and understands that the permanent licensing test will likely be <br />given at WOSSA and that it will be roughly six months to a year before a class is designed. He <br />expressed concern that the PUD inspection does not include opening and inspecting the septic tank. He <br />has heard that one third of alternative systems fail within the first five years and wonders if it is due to a <br />lack of inspection. Testing for temperature, PH, and dissolved oxygen may be able to prevent a collapse <br />or other expensive repairs. He also proposed that the language in the current ordinance be changed to <br />allow for excavating. In his opinion people should have the option of choosing who they want to <br />monitor their alternative system. If the PUD continues doing their light monitoring, he would suggest <br />having another individual inspect the tank and give the citizens a credit for that portion of the field that <br />was inspected. <br /> <br />Chuck Molisky of Goodman Sanitation said that at the March 2001 Health Board meeting there was <br />discussion about revising the Evaluation of Existing System Ordinance to allow anyone demonstrating a <br />