The Larimer County Board of Health convened its regular meeting at 7:00 PM at the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, 1525 Blue Spruce Drive, Fort Collins, CO.
MEMBERS PRESENT: Lee Thielen, M.P.A.
Teri Olson, R.N., M.S.N.
Blair Trautwein, J.D.
Mark Richards, M.D., M.P.H.
Adrienne LeBailly, MD, MPH - Exec. Secretary
OTHERS PRESENT: Marie Macpherson, Commissioner Glenn Gibson, Jerry Blehm,
Chandra Klein, Jane Viste, and Amy Smith.
1. Call to Order
Meeting was called to order at 7:08 P.M.
2. Approval of the Minutes of August 23, 2007
Minutes of August 23, 2007 were unanimously approved.
3. Immunization Program – Introduction of new Supervisor, review of immunization services, upcoming flu season – Chandra Klein, B.S.N.
Chandra Klein explained the different immunization methods for the flu vaccine (shots and nasal spray) that are available and provided a summary of this year’s flu season kick-off. She updated members of the Board on new Tuesday evening clinic hours in Fort Collins which parents have much appreciated. She reviewed immunization outreach efforts that are ongoing: child care center immunization record audits immunization record review for children applying for the Child Care Assistance Program, and recalling LCDHE clients that are behind on immunizations. The recall is for children age 19-35 months and is being done through the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS), a web-based immunization registry. This recall has increased up-to-date rates from 53% to 93% for the children included in the recall. The plan is to sustain this recall effort throughout the year. Chandra provided an overview of the new school immunization requirements for the 2007-2008 school year.
4. Update on Recent Local Community Meetings on Environmental Health issues (DOW research facility plans, uranium mining) – Jerry Blehm
PowerTech, the uranium mining company is proceeding with their permit application process. They are probably a year away from applying for permits. They are currently doing exploratory drilling in the area to obtain data for the application process. Coloradoan's Against Resources Destruction (CARD), a local group that is opposed to the mining, continues to hold meetings and solicit support for their position.
Another potential controversial issue is a proposal by the Department of Wildlife to build a research facility in the Cherokee Park area. DOW already owns the site but they would like to fence approximately 200 acres to contain and do basic research on bighorn sheep. A pneumonia-like disease is killing 80% of the lambs. DOW says there is insufficient room at the existing facility for this project and the "mountain" environment is much more appropriate for the sheep research. No Chronic Wasting Disease studies will be conducted at the new site. The existing facility will continue to do limited CWD studies.
5. Update on Budget Hearing with County Manager and Budget Director, and latest budget review - Marie Macpherson
Marie Macpherson distributed copies of the final department budget documents as submitted to the County on August 31st. She also distributed copies of the department’s organization chart that had been updated in September.
Lee Thielen was able to attend the Department’s Budget Hearing with the County Manager and Budget Director on September 24th and gave a report on that meeting. She said that they were very complimentary of the budget documents prepared. Frank Lancaster and Bob Keister indicated they understood the information provided by the Department concerning the dynamics of the Department’s reserves and that the fund balance will be above the required minimum after the unused portion of the mosquito control funds are returned to the reserves account.
Ms. Macpherson advised the members of the Board of the resource planning process the Department will be beginning next week with the management team and continuing for the rest of this year and into early 2008 to assist with recommendations related to services prioritization, revenue generation, expense reduction and decreasing the use of reserves for 2008. The BOH members will be updated of the progress at the next meeting as well as a report on the revenues and expense changes to date.
6. Director’s Report
The Commissioners decided not to include the membership fee for the North Front Range Water Quality Board in their proposed budget. Ed Schemm, who has served on this board for a long time submitted a memo regarding the value of this membership to the community. Dr. LeBailly suggested asking the Commissioners at the end of the fiscal year; if they have funds leftover. The members of the Board wanted the memo from Mr. Schemm to be shared with Commissioner Gibson.
Dr. LeBailly invited the members of the Board to the public hearing in Fort Collins before the Blue Ribbon Commission Healthcare Reform, which will be taking comments on the proposed plan to achieve access to healthcare for all people of Colorado.
7. Proposed Date of next meeting will be
Request was made to schedule the next meeting either November 15, 2007 or December 13, 2007
8. Motion was made for the next BOH meeting to be held December 13, 2007.
Motion was unanimously approved.
9. The meeting was adjourned at 9:07 PM
Amy Smith, Recording Secretary Adrienne LeBailly, MD, Executive Secretary