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(TAYLORVILLE) — The Christian County Board of Public Health held their September meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss purchasing, provide reports and give updates on current and future planning. Roll call showed one absent, Dr. Stacy Funderburk.
There was one comment given from the public. Lynn Zuber, provided positive feedback from the perspective of an employee at the Christian County Health Department.
“I can tell you, this position has been nothing but a positive experience and I truly enjoy coming to work. Dr. (Chad) Anderson is trying to right the ship and change the public opinion of the Health Department,” said Zuber. “What some may call toxic I just call an Administrator holding his staff accountable for the jobs they were hired to do.”
Next, The board then moved on to the purchasing portion of the agenda. There was a motion to purchase new vaccines for COVID-19, which passed unanimously. Cost was said to be almost $9,600.
The purchase of a Lead Gun – a devise to measure the extent of lead paint – was approved for purchase through the Lead Grant Fund. Purchase price is just over $17,000. There was a separate motion passed to lock in the price for the Cobalt-57 Source coming from Environmental and Administrative fees for $3,850.
New building purchase was then discussed. Health Board President, Leslie DeVore, health administrator and Dr. Anderson, both informed the board of the Health Department building development which included estimates provided by Brad Co. Estimates include flooring and bathroom updates as well as all that needs to be done (painting, internet, etc.). They decided to request New Building Planning to be placed onto the October agenda for the next Christian County County Board meeting.
Giving reports were Lynn Zuber, Emergency Management Coordinator, Brian Delendic, Jr. and Environment Coordinator Charles Bollinger. Dr. Anderson gave the Nursing and Administrator update as well which included all of the various grant applications and meeting attendance this month.
Christian County Assistant State’s Attorney, Mary Barry, spoke and explained the Zoning-Health Department-Solid Waste ordinance is currently in the works. Notable changes included the condemnation ordinance, which was moving into its own section in the zoning code. Other changes were for expansion of types of structures, added Zoning Administrator notifications and an addition of clean-up edit in the Zoning Code Penalty Section. The Board votes to approve the changes and now the matter will go to the Zoning Board of Appeals for consideration.
The topic of Mental Health was discussed next with the board in full agreement of importance of good mental health in Christian County. They decided to form a Mental Health Advisory Committee with a mix of board members and non-board members residing on the committee.
An executive session was called for at 8:54 p.m. and members swiftly returned with no need for any action. The meeting concluded at 9:01 p.m. Next meeting of the Health Board is Thursday, Nov. 16.