MOUNT VERNON — Two public hearings to declare a public health nuisance were on the agenda when the Knox County Board of Health met Wednesday evening at the Knox County Health Department. The property at 14640 O’Brien Road, which is currently under bank ownership, was deemed to be a public health nuisance.
“It’s been a mess with lots of trash. Now there’s varmints and stuff getting into the building, and we’re trying to get it cleaned up,” said Knox County Health Commissioner Julie Miller. The bank now has 30 days to clean up the property.
A second location, 24615 Bell Church Road, was also declared to be a public nuisance for not disposing of wastewater properly. The owner now has 15 days to correct the situation due to previous non-compliance. If the issues are not resolved within the proper time frame, the matters then become a legal issue.
Board approval was granted for Miller to approve leave without pay requests up to 80 hours work time for employees. Miller explained that this could be for reasons of being out of sick leave, taking care of a family member or similar circumstances.
In personnel action, the resignation of dental clinic secretary Kara Kowalski was approved as she is returning to school. Hired to fill her position was April Brady.
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