BOARD OF HEALTH MEETING
May 5, 2004
Commissioners' Conference Room
Commissioner Bobby Green, Sr., presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Don Hampton, Anna Morrison and Peter Sorenson present. County Administrator Bill Van Vactor, County Counsel Teresa Wilson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.
1. Semi-Annual Board of Health Report.
Rob Rockstroh, Health and Human Services, reported this information was similar to what they presented in the budget presentation.† He added the report is 27 pages and is available on line.
Rockstroh indicated that rural clinics are still a big issue with public health as well as the federally-qualified health center, and the downsizing of the psychiatric hospital.† He noted most of this is driven by the budget and they are in the middle of the process.
Sorenson asked what other communities in Oregon were doing under the same federal and state structure as Lane County to supplement the work of the prevention program or the Human Services Commission.† He asked what other non-property tax ideas there are for revenue to mitigate the health problems.
Rockstroh responded some counties were adding general fund monies.† He said Lane County is different and is getting hit hard. He added everyone is getting hit hard since the Oregon Health Plan got cut back.†† He noted that Multnomah County did a business tax and a levy for human services.† He added that several years ago Jackson County had a levy for human services.
Sorenson thought Lane County should be thinking about what type of staff resources they want to put into some of the options.
Rockstroh suggested AOC and League of Cities discussing this with the Board.† He commented that Lane County is the size of the state of Connecticut and Eugene was different and he hoped the economy would get better.
Green commented they made a choice as a Board not to ask the public for money.
Dwyer noted there is a company in British Columbia that sells air to casinos.† He noted the air is chemically treated and they pipe it in and it increases the casinoís profits by 40% because it gives the people a feeling of euphoria.† He stated it is occurring throughout the United States.† He asked if there were health effects to breathe this air.† He wanted Rockstroh to look into this and have an ordinance drafted in Lane County that would prohibit the introduction of chemicals into the environment; mood-enhancing chemicals that entice people or give them a feeling of euphoria.
Green asked what they could do to help the youth methamphetamine problem.† He wanted a strategy to turn it around.
Rockstroh replied he had not seen the data around the increase methamphetamine.† He stated that people on meth filled 20% of all the acute care hospital beds in the state.† He added it was popular because it is cheap.† He said they need to do prevention efforts in the schools in elementary schools.
Hampton commented that last year the County wanted to close the justice courts in his district and now they are closing the health clinics.† He added law enforcement is inadequate.† He asked how they could expect his constituents to be supportive of any new revenue sources when all they see is government pulling away services.† He didnít think they would be supportive.
2. Approval of Minutes
May 6, 2003, Board of Health
MOTION:† to approve the May 6, 2003 minutes of the Board of Health.
Morrison MOVED, Dwyer SECONDED.
There being no further business, Commissioner Green adjourned the meeting at 9:40 a.m.