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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 24, 2014

Board of health accepts Thomann’s resignation

By Xiomara Levsen | Jun 25, 2013

The Washington County Board of Health accepted Jeff Thomann’s resignation at the board meeting on Tuesday, June 25.
Thomann was the environmental health director for Washington County. His last day with the county will be July 5. He has accepted a position with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
“I’ve really enjoyed working here, and a lot has been accomplished,” Thomann told the board.
Washington County Board of Health chairman Dr. Lloyd Holm thanked Thomann for his years of service to the county’s environmental health department.
Jennine Wolf, who also works in the county’s environmental health department, told the board she planned to apply for Thomann’s position.
“I feel I have the experience and the knowledge,” Wolf said.
Washington County Supervisor and Board of Health member Ron Bennett told Wolf the position would still have to be advertised, even though she was applying for it.
“Right, and I’m going to apply for it,” Wolf said. “I just wanted to let you know.”
The board decided to review the position’s job description and to go ahead with advertising the opening.
Also discussed at the meeting were the findings from the Worksafe Iowa Report, which was done at the Women Infants and Children (WIC) clinic at 120 East Main St. In May an anonymous complaint was sent to Occupational Safety and Health Administration citing air quality at the clinic.
The report found formaldehyde levels between 0.0224 to 0.033 parts per million (ppm). They were below the permissible exposure limit of 0.75 ppm and the action level of 0.5 ppm, the report said.
Washington County Public Health Administrator Danielle Pettit-Majewski said there was some concern about the building’s air system.
“There just really isn’t any fresh air intake in that building, and we looked,” she said. “I think that may be part of the reason for that smell, because there’s no way to exchange air.”
Pettit-Majewski said this gave the county health department an opportunity to discuss whether this is a safe location for the WIC clinic to be held. She said a few county supervisors had come to look at the WIC clinic and were appalled by the conditions the clinic is in.
“I think it’s wonderful that it brought up the discussion about how we’re serving our clients,” she said.
Other topics covered at the board meeting included:
• approaching the Washington County Board of Supervisors for a budget;
• amendment to hire a licensed practical nurse and to give Karri Fisher, who is a nurse for the Washington County Public Health Department, a pay increase to $65,000 a year salary. Fisher completed her master’s degree last month and the salary would compensate her for her educational experience, Pettit-Majewski said. The motion was approved;
• whether or not the county’s board of health needed to send out compliance letters to Richmond residents in regard to installing septic tanks on their properties. Thomann asked the board to send out compliance letters to the Richmond residents and Holm said they shouldn’t do it. The board of supervisors had already notified the Richmond residents of noncompliance in June, said Bennett.
The next board of health meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 16 at 7:15 a.m.

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