Belmont County Health Board Fails to Achieve a Quorum

The Belmont County Board of Health held a brief session Monday, but lacked a quorum to conduct business.

Board members Dwight Jenewein, James King and Irene Louda were present for the meeting. Board members Joel Braido, Dr. Renato DelaCruz and Elizabeth Glick were absent.

The board heard staff reports, but couldn’t take any action. Robert Sproul, deputy health commissioner, said he will contact board members to schedule a makeup meeting to vote on budgetary measures.

Rich Lucas, director of environmental health, said the Ohio Department of Health is planning a program to help Medicaid-eligible residents of pre-1970 houses obtain lead testing and abatement. For rental properties, landlords will be required to pay 50 percent of the costs, he said.

A new food service permit was approved in January for a business that produces nutritional shakes in Morristown, he said. Routine inspections of 84 food services were conducted during the month.

Lucas said staff member Deanna Dulesky has announced her retirement, effective at the end of May. A job posting for a replacement is likely, Lucas said. If not, the position could go unfilled.

The health board’s next regular meeting will be held at noon March 11 at 68501 Bannock Road, St. Clairsville.

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