The Logan County Health District conducted their March meeting Wednesday afternoon. The board took this opportunity to say good-bye to one of their long-time members.
John Henschen (pictured, accepting a plaque from Dr. Boyd Hoddinott) served since March of 2000. Dr. Hoddinott praised Henschen’s dedication and valuable opinion on a wide variety of matters. Henschen’s replacement will be named at the district’s advisory meeting on March 21st.
Dr. Hoddinott’s contract was renewed for another year. Hoddinott began his tenure in April of 2000. He serves a dual role of commissioner and medical director. He agreed to no increase in salary.
Dr. Hoddinott has three goals for the upcoming year. First, computers for several employees need to be upgraded. Second, he wants to begin the process of accreditation. Health districts must have national accreditation by 2018. Finally, he wants to educate residents about concussions. Over 200 concussions are suffered by residents throughout the year.
Hoddinott indicated that the .75 mill levy is on the May ballot. The board decided not to do door-to-door campaigning as in past.
Dr. Hoddinott discusses upcoming goals.
Environmental director Craig Kauffman announced that Grant Pieper had earned substantial compliance. Pieper’s residence in Russell Point had several health code issues. The board was threatening eviction if the issues weren’t fixed. Pieper provided visual evidence that those problems had, indeed been addressed.
Two employees, home health nurse Bobbi Dow and plumbing inspector John Clary, had their annual evaluations. The board approved the renewal of their contracts based on their positive performance.
Dr. Chris O’Connor’s contract as backup Health Commissioner was renewed for another year. O’Connor’s annual salary is $1. He charges $75 an hour if and when his services would be needed.
The health district’s next board meeting will be Wednesday, April 3rd at 1:00 p.m.
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Watch John Henschen recognized for service.