MOUNT VERNON — After going into executive session at its meeting Wednesday night, the Knox County Board of Health announced it was forming a personnel committee to specifically investigate charges that Health Commissioner Dennis Murray is unfit to serve in that capacity.
Board president Lee Rhodes said the committee will also investigate any and all matters at the health department concerning personnel. Rhodes said the board will also be involved in the hiring of the new environmental director and will be conducting interviews.
In regular session, the board again discussed three problem properties and the Super 8 swimming pool.
The solid waste nuisance at 11337 Armentrout Road has not yet been cleaned up, according to Murray. The owner, David Proper, appeared in court May 14, where it was decided he would have two more weeks to completely clean up the property or face criminal sanctions, including jail time and fines.
The property at 26796 Dennis Church had a follow-up inspection concerning a solid waste nuisance, sewage and water system issues. There has been no communication with the owner, although there had been considerable progress made on cleanup.
At the follow-up inspection, however, there has been no new progress. Paperwork and site work on sewage and water issues have not been done. The matter was referred to the Knox County Prosecutor.
A fatal house fire at 1396 Oliver Road last fall caused problems with the house foundation, which was uncovered and full of water. The board issued a 21-day order to pump the water out of the basement of the house, and also declared the structure unfit for human habitation.
Problems with the swimming pool at the Super 8 Motel, ongoing since August 2009, are still a concern. Although the board, after several inspections, had approved the pool for use, issues still remained. They included improper testing of the water, using the wrong chemical treatments and the lack of a certified pool operator being on call when needed. On Wednesday, the board voted to suspend the pool’s license until owner Patel Ashvin could prove he was capable of operating the pool in the manner prescribed by law.
In other business:
•The board accepted the resignation of Tiffany Gorley, home health aide, effective May 26.
•The board renewed the personal services contract with Ann Luna for speech therapy services.
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