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<br />JEFFERSON COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH <br />MINUTES <br />Thursday, June 19, 2003 <br /> <br />Board Members: <br />Dan Tit/erness, Member - County Commlssioner District #1 <br />Glen Huntingford, lli[ember - County Commissioner District #2 <br />Vacant - County Commissioner District #3 <br />Geoffrey Masci, Chairman - Port Townsend City Council <br />Jill Buhler, Member - Hospital Commissioner District #2 <br />Sheila Westerman, Member - Citizen at La",e (City) <br />Roberta Frisse!!, Member - Citizen at La",e (County) <br /> <br />Staff Members: <br />Jean Baldwin, Health & Human S erv/ces Director <br />Larry Fay, Environmental Health Director <br />Julia Danskin, ]\.Tursing Services Director <br />Thomas Locke, MD, Health Officer <br /> <br />Ex-o(ficio <br />David Sullivan, PUD #1 <br /> <br />Chairman Masci called the meeting to order at 2:35 p.m. All Board and Staff members were present with the <br />exception of Commissioner Huntingford. There was not a quorum until the arrival of Commissioner Huntingford <br />at 2:45 p.m. <br /> <br />PUBLIC COMMENT <br /> <br />Catherine Robinson was present for the discussion of the Cruise Ship Waste Discharge agenda item. She <br />provided information to Larry Fay about an EPA grant program, the deadline of which is June 30. The grant is for <br />program development and implementation for microbiological testing and monitoring of coastal recreation <br />waters, beaches, etc. <br /> <br />Forest Shomer also spoke about the health aspects of the cruise ship discharge issue. With the possibility for 200 <br />cruise ship transits through the Strait over the next four to five months, there is a potential for other grey-water ~ <br />if not black-water ~ releases in the lane between Whidbey Island, the San Juan Islands and Port Townsend. He <br />understands that the Department of Ecology is working on an agreement with the cruise ship industry, which <br />would permit them to discharge grey water in this area. He has also spoken with the County Commissioners and <br />other agencies about this topic. If the Health Board agrees that this is a significant issue, he would urge them to <br />submit a letter to Department of Ecology and other relevant agencies. <br /> <br />OLD BUSINESS AND INFORMATIONAL ITEMS <br /> <br />Cruise Ship Waste Discharl!e: Larry Fay noted that information on this topic was in the agenda packet. He <br />offered to do additional research, including looking for opportunities for comment, but he believes the matter is <br />under the jurisdiction of the Coast Guard and Department of Ecology. <br /> <br />Chairman Masci asked whether the Board might be interested in submitting a "placeholder" letter of interest for <br />the grant? <br /> <br />Member Buhler suggested partnering with Clallam and other counties. <br /> <br />Member Westerman, referring to her understanding that no fine was levied for the accidental black water <br />discharge, expressed support for writing a letter of concern about the discharge and the potential for such <br />incidents due to increased cruise ship traffic in the Strait. She wonders why they cannot dump in the open ocean? <br />
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