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Board of Health Nov. 2020 Meeting Minutes

BOND COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH

Minutes Via Zoom Meeting

November 23, 2020

Those in attendance:

Members:       T. Dawdy                                Others:           S. Eifert, Administrator

                        W. Ahern                                                        S. Hediger, Administrative Assistant

                        K. Plage                                                          M. Zeeb, Director of Finance

                        A. Oestreich                                                    S. Stilt, Greenville Advocate

                        M. Bleyer                                                        Dr. DuComb, Clinton County           

                        J. Kirkham                                                       B. Klosterman, Clinton County         

                        M. McCullough

                        R. Nehrt
                        T. Hall
                        W. Pourchot

                        D. Lippert

Members Absent:

T. Dawdy called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.

Public Comment

Dr. DuComb and B. Klosterman from the Clinton County Board of Health asked to allow S. Eifert to stay on for the duration of the original contract and to extend the contract beyond December. Dr. DuComb stated they were in terrible shape and thanked Sean for all he has done and getting them back on track.  Dr. DuComb stated the Clinton County Board of Health is meeting tomorrow and will decide between two applicants.  These two individuals have been approved by the state and are qualified to be hired.  S. Eifert stated he would like this to be a smooth transition, and still believes this was the best for us and them.  When the individual gets acclimated, we can transition out, and they can reach out to him if they need help. 


Executive Session

M. Bleyer made a motion to move into executive session at 6:32 p.m.  W. Ahern seconded the motion which passed unanimously.

W. Pourchot made a motion to return to regular session at 7:35 p.m. J. Kirkham seconded the motion which passed unanimously.

Minutes of October 26, 2020

T. Dawdy asked for a motion to accept the minutes as submitted.  J. Kirkham moved to accept the October 26, 2020 minutes as submitted.  K. Plage seconded the motion which passed unanimously.

 Administrator’s Report/Financial Report

S. Eifert stated as of today Bond County has a total of 886 positive cases.  The current status is 79 in isolation, 179 in quarantine, and 11 deaths. There has been a total of 29,784 tested.  As of 11/20/20 the positivity rate for our region is 14.3%, and 10.2% for Bond County.  We have been providing the rapid testing for several weeks. Testing is not just for Bond and the surrounding counties, people are also coming from out of state.  S. Eifert commended the staff for their work and the system they have in place.  Originally the state was shipping 280 tests a week, now they are shipping over 1,200 per week.  S. Eifert stated we are doing our best to educate people, and hope the majority of people will follow the precautions and the mitigations.  We received a resignation from an RN in Home Health/Hospice and hope to fill this position quickly.  T. Dawdy asked for a motion to approve the administrator’s report as submitted.  W. Ahern moved to accept the administrator’s report as submitted.   T. Hall seconded the motion which passed unanimously. 

S. Eifert stated for the month of October, we ended with an overall balance of $893,109.42.  We had a surplus for the month of $3,684.10.  The Nursing and General had a deficit of $94,533.46.  This was due to the contact tracing expenditures as well as October was a three-payroll month.  Mental Health had a monthly gain of $75,241.99, which was due to the property tax disbursement. Home Health’s backlog is diminished and will be current in the next two to three weeks. Hospice is doing phenomenal.  Hospice had a surplus of $22,639.06.  Home Health/Hospice has not suffered due to competition.   These programs remain very strong due to the quality of our staff and services.  T. Dawdy asked for a motion to approve the financial report as submitted.  M. McCullough moved to accept the financial report as submitted.  D. Lippert seconded the motion which passed unanimously. 

Old Business

Building and Grounds Committee Recommendation

M. McCullough stated the building and grounds committee met last week and received 5 bids.   Some bids were way over our price range, a couple were under and incomplete, and another didn’t have everything we would need.  The best bid that would meet our needs was from the Korte group that built the Health Department building.  The Korte proposal was $65,000 that would start on December 1, 2020 and be a 15- week project duration to be completed by the middle of March.  There will be other costs involved and we will need some leeway for decisions to be made.  The road will be done by the city and will be a permanent solution. M. McCullough made a motion to accept the Korte bid for the proposal amount of $65,000, with an amount not to exceed $100,000, with $50,000 submitted to contact tracing for reimbursement, and potentially $50,000 to CURE for reimbursement.  W. Ahern seconded the motion which passed unanimously. 

Clinton County Contract

W. Ahern made a motion to allow an extension of Sean’s service to the Clinton County Health Department at a rate of $120 per hour through January 31, 2021.  J. Kirkham seconded the motion which passed unanimously.

New Business

Christmas Gift Card

T. Dawdy asked for a motion to approve the Christmas gift card.  M. Bleyer moved to approve the Christmas gift card.  W. Ahern seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

Staff Compensation

A. Oestreich made a motion that the board implement a 3% increase in staff salary retroactive to the beginning of the next fiscal year, with the administrator’s salary deferred.  K. Plage seconded the motion which passed unanimously.  

Next Meeting
The next board of health meeting is scheduled for December 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Adjourn

At 8:34 p.m. W. Pourchot made a motion to adjourn the meeting. D. Lippert seconded the motion which passed unanimously.

T. Hall, DO

Secretary