MOUNT VERNON — Permanent appropriations for 2013 were approved when the Knox County Board of Health met Wednesday evening at the Knox County Health Department. In looking at the annual budget, “It’s a very, very tight budget,” said health commissioner Julie Miller. “We certainly can’t take any big, unexpected expenses, and we need to keep controlling costs like we have.” Miller added that there will be no staff salary increases in 2013. “This is one way of controlling costs,” she said after this subject was discussed by the board.
A resolution was approved to abolish the agency’s full-time physical therapist position. It was recently determined that it was not cost effective for this to be a full-time position. It was reduced to a 24-hour position. Two physical therapists are being employed on a contract basis as well.
Also approved was a resolution to remove the manufactured home park licensing fees from the environmental services fee schedule with no other charges and a resolution authorizing the health department to become a fiscal agent for a drug-free communities grant. “This is not a good move for the health department at this time because it takes a 100-percent match,” said Miller.
One resolution on the agenda was to authorize Miller to carry out the administrative and fiscal duties of the board throughout the year. The board tabled this resolution while they seek more legal information.
Contracts approved including the termination of a contract with Carole Jordan as dental hygienist; the renewal with the DKMM Solid Waste District services for 2013 in the amount of $35,149; Aetna Insurance Co. to become a preferred provider in the medical and dental clinic; and renewal with Laura Nance as dental hygienist through January 2014 at $30 per hour.
Also approved were fee schedules for biopsy of skin/skin tag removals for single, additional and multiple lesions. This is a new service being provided by Dr. Deborah Cowden.
The board of health will next meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the health department.
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