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Health board reviews reports

By Xiomara Levsen | Jul 21, 2017


The Washington County Board of Health learned a complaint about unsafe living conditions was complete and heard an update about a dog bite situation in Kalona.

Environmental Health director Jennine Wolf received a complaint from the City of Riverside about a possible hoarder living in the city. She was finally able to make contact with the homeowner, Julie Lang.

“I finally got to go meet her and walked in and she had brand-new furniture,” Wolf said. “She had brand-new curtains, brand-new flooring that she installed herself, and I had a straight shot from the living room to the kitchen to the open backroom. I could see straight through there, and it was not in anyway, shape or form a rat harbonage, so I consider this particular complaint done.”

After Wolf viewed the work Lang had done, Lang told Wolf she was thankful she was pushed into cleaning up, Wolf said.

“I think what happened was she had a lot of things piled on her and she just got overwhelmed,” Wolf added, “and it just got out of control. She said, ‘This is what I needed to get going.’”

Board chairman Cathy Buffington asked Wolf if she had to contact the people who initiated the complaint.

Wolf replied yes. She will submit a short report detailing her visit to Lang’s home and what she saw to the City of Riverside.

A dog bite situation was also discussed.

Aubrey Cahill’s pit bull bit her landlord and two other people, Wolf said. The landlords wrote a statement about what happened and gave it to the Washington County attorney’s office.

The county attorney’s office filed charges and Cahill was supposed to appear for a bench hearing.

“And she chose to have a jury [trial], so now that’s put off until September,” Wolf said. “Unless the dog does something else, I can’t do anything. She still has the dog.”

The people who wrote the statements weren’t happy to hear nothing can be done until September, she added.

“But if the dog does anything else, we can file additional charges,” supervisor Jack Seward Jr. said.

Wolf said she would definitely do so.

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