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Reaver named interim Director of Nursing, replacing retiring Schroer (Audio included)

The expected retirements of two longtime Logan County Health District leaders became reality Wednesday afternoon.

The board approved the resignation for purpose of retirement for Environmental Health Director Craig Kauffman.

Board members Chris Watkins and Robyn Price praised Kauffman for the knowledge and guidance that he provided on a wide variety of environmental matters. Kauffman is a soil scientist and will be one of several contracted by the district for his service.

Kauffman's job will be posted internally. Health inspector Tim Smith has already begun training and is expected to fill Kauffman's role. Dr. Boyd Hoddinott commented that duties may have to be shifted with Kauffman's retirement.

The board approved Kelly Reaver as interim director of nursing effective December 1st. She replaces the retiring Kay Schroer.

Kelly Reaver and Tim SmithReaver was hired by the district eight years ago as a public health nurse. She specializes in infectious disease but with staff cutbacks, she has been utilized in other capacities. She has 24 years of experience.

The interim status is for 180 days. She will be evaluated over that time to determine if she will be the permanent replacement. She commented that with the staff turnover, it will be good for the district to have a familiar face in the role.

Reaver discusses her new job.

Indian Head Roadhouse restaurant of Russells Point owner James Broad was present with kitchen manager Lewis Price. The restaurant has been trying to fix health violations that are present in the kitchen.

Tim Smith, who is handling the case, told the board that the kitchen is too small to handle the volume of business the restaurant is getting. Architectural changes will have to be made to the kitchen for the restaurant to totally comply. Smith was satisfied with the other changes that have been made and approves the planned physical changes. In the September meeting, the owner was told that progress had to be demonstrated to correct the issues with a threat of possible license suspension if they were not.

Tim Smith discusses Indian Head issues.

Lakeview residents Wilma Daley and Marcia Wright addressed the board about a house on Oakwood Avenue that is no longer inhabited, in poor condition, and unsafe. They want the house condemned and demolished.

The district is willing to condemn the building. However, with budget cutbacks, the district no longer has the $25,000 that was used to demolish condemned properties. The hope is that Stokes Township officials, where the property resides, will provide assistance in the situation.

Health Commissioner Dr. Boyd Hoddinott discusses the Lakeview house and comments on Kauffman's impact.

The board will next meet on Wednesday, November 1st at 1:00 P.M.

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