MOUNT VERNON — Without a timeline to clean up a solid waste nuisance on Armentrout Road, the Knox County Prosecutor’s Office is prepared to move forward with contempt of court charges.
The Knox County Board of Health had previously obtained two estimates from salvage companies to clean up the property at 11337 Armentrout Road, owned by David Proper. Prior to the submission of another contempt of court charge against Proper, Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Springer was contacted by attorney Brian Barger, who indicated he was representing Proper and requested an on-site meeting at the property. On Dec. 2 Springer, along with Brian Benick of the Knox County Health Department, met with Barger and Proper.
Barger agreed he would submit to Springer a timeline for cleaning up the property. Springer did not hear from Barger until he sent an e-mail asking for more time because he could not contact his client. When Health Commissioner Dennis Murray contacted Springer, she indicated she was ready to go ahead with contempt of court charges.
In other items in the board’s monthly meeting, the board renewed personal services contracts with Rock River Rehabilitation for physical therapy services for the Home Health Care program, Lane Belangia, PTA for the Home Health Care Program and Laura Foliano, MD for medical services for the department’s medical clinic. In each case the terms for the 2010 contract remains the same. All three contracts will be effective from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2010.
In new business the board approved temporary appropriations for fiscal year 2010. These will be in effect until the formal budget is approved in February or March.
In the commissioner’s report, Murray told the board that the H1N1 vaccine is available for all individuals regardless of age or health condition. Murray said calls have been made regarding seasonal flu vaccines. He said the only vaccines for seasonal flu from the Ohio Department of Health are pediatric.
Murray also reported that Henry’s At The Curtis has reopened and an inspection of the facility after one week of operation found it to be in satisfactory condition.
He also reported the swimming pool at the Super 8 Motel continues to be satisfactory, although the spa remains closed by the owner.
The board has sent out approximately 100 letters requiring connection to sanitary sewers in Clinton Township. Benick is working with Mount Vernon City Engineer Cameron Keaton to track the progress of compliance.
The next meeting of the Knox County Board of Health is scheduled for Jan. 27, 2010.