Board of Health
January 11, 2018
Town Hall, Lower Meeting Room
26 Bryant Street, Dedham, MA 02026
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Board/Committee members in attendance
Leanne Jasset, Jason Brogan, Dr. Stephen Camer, Cathy Cardinale (Health Director)
Call to Meeting
Acceptance of Minutes
*This item is included to acknowledge that there may be matters not reasonably anticipated by the Chair that could be raised during the Public Comment period by other members of the Committee, by staff or others.
The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m.
Public Comment: None
Minutes from meeting on 11/9 accepted.
A presentation was made by Cathy Cardinale (Health Director):
There was discussion of hiring a social worker to manager a multi-community effort around drug use and also a discussion of the Child Immunization program. Dr. Camer asked how many vaccine objectors we have in the Dedham Public Schools. The number was unknown. Certain vaccinations are required to enter school system. The town offers required vaccinations to people with no insurance.
Ms. Cardinale passed out a sheet of “observations” regarding food preparation to the Board members.
Commissioner Jasset asked about the grade rating system that Boston restaurants have. The Board agreed that this did not make sense for Dedham as there are not enough inspectors to do regular visits, there may be inspector bias and inconsistent criteria. Commissioner Jasset commented that Dedham has a lot of restaurants for a town this size, compared to other towns of similar size, and this puts a burden on the Board of Health.
Dr. Camer mentioned he had been thinking about doing a Health Fair in the spring. Ms. Cardinale suggested it be connected to another event going on in town. The Board agreed and suggested it could include blood pressure monitoring, etc. and could also engage Council on Aging.
The Board needs to craft a position on upcoming vote on recreational pot. Dr. Camer has concerns about this, feels pot is a gateway drug and there have been overdoses on edibles.
Ms. Cardinale presented a fee schedule and said it was in line with other towns for food licenses.
There is an issue with establishments submitting applications and paying for licenses in a timely manner. Notices are sent out in November. Payment is due December 31. Establishments sometimes operate for up to 3 months without the appropriate license. Ms. Cardinale chases them down. Larger corporations (chains) are worse than individual local establishments. Commissioner Brogan suggested that if they haven’t paid by Jan 31, they should be called before the Board and fined. Local establishment annual license is $400. License for larger companies/chains is $1000. Ms. Cardinale noted that town is not liable if the establishment does not have proper licenses. It was suggested that compliance might be improved if establishments could pay online.
No comments or concerns.
Moved and passed to adjourn at 6:01 pm.
Notes taken by Amy Paxson
Keywords: Board of Health, restaurant inspections, marijuana, food licenses
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