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Health District's proposed license fee increase would affect most food vendors (Audio included)

Logan County Health District board members heard a new license fee proposal from new environmental director Tim Smith at the district's monthly meeting Wednesday.

The fee change will affect the food service vendors which includes license entities, all the risk classes, mobile classes, vending licenses, and temporary licenses.

The previous fee structure was operating at a deficit. Smith used a Cost Methodology program put out by the Ohio Departments of Health and Agriculture. Using the program, fees were allowed to be adjusted with certain restrictions to account for the sanitarian's time spent on inspections, especially office duties.

The board will conduct a hearing on the issue prior to their January 2018 meeting with the hope of taking action at the meeting. The plan is to have the fee structure in place for 2018. If passed, the increase could cost vendors approximately $30 more a year in licenses.

Tim Smith discusses fee proposal.

David MillerThe board approved the hiring of David Miller, PhD, as a sanitarian. He comes from Mercer County where he served in a similar capacity for six months. He received his degrees from Ohio State and teaches classes at Wittenberg.

The environmental department lost a person to retirement a year and a half ago. With the recent retirement of Craig Kauffman and the shift of Smith to that position, a food service inspector was needed.

Miller will work 35 hours a week. He will earn $18.30 an hour for the first 180 days of his employment. His status will be reevaluated at that time.

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Corrine Riegler will retire at the end of the year. The job description for the position has been changed. The board decided to keep it a full-time position in the hopes of finding someone that can do a wide variety of tasks.

Interim Director of Nursing Kelly Reaver told the board that the district received a clean slate from VFC (Vaccines for Children) audit. The audit will happen again in two years.

She also told the board that the district will lose the Sexual Health Clinic on March 31st. The grant will will not be renewed because the clinic could not maintain adequate attendance numbers.

Smith told the board that he is satisfied with the efforts of the Indian Head Roadhouse Restaurant in Russells Point. The restaurant is presently closed to address issues in the kitchen that did not meet health code standards. Smith told the board that several visits have been made and that when finished, all the issues that were in question will be fixed.

Administrator Lisa Brown told the board that, through ten months, expenditures are down 15% for the year. The policy when establishing budgets is to overestimate expenses and underestimate revenue. With the larger than usual number of retirements, the district is saving some money with cheaper replacements. However, there is still a need for front office staffing. Presently there is only one employee without a backup.

Health Commissioner Dr. Boyd Hoddinott discusses staff changes and budget issues.

The office will be closed on Friday, December 22nd and Monday, December 25th.

The board will next meet Wednesday, January 3rd at 1:00 P.M.

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