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Meeting Minutes
Board of Health
June 9, 2009

The regular monthly meeting of the Lansdowne Board of Health was held on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 7:00 pm. at Borough Hall. Present were Betsy Riffert, Bertha Phillips, Dr. Romney, Al Them, and Council Liaison Schleigh. Absent was Mike McCall.

Minutes:

The May minutes were approved with the correction of some minor typographical and content errors.

Bills:

There were no bills as Inspector Spangler did not work, due to illness, during the month of May 2009.

Health Officer’s Report:

There was no Health Officer’s report for May, as Inspector Spangler was ill and therefore did not perform inspection.

Old Business:

1. Inspector Spangler: Ms. Riffert provided an update on Inspector Spangler, anticipating his return
to be later this month.

2. Update on Licensing: Ms. Riffert stated that to date, the only two establishments who have not submitted their 2009 licensing fee are Ardmore Avenue Elementary School and Penn Wood High School. The William Penn School District is in the process of approving bills. Payment is expected shortly.

3. Home Based Businesses: Mr. Them discussed home based businesses and the request to council to revised the ordinance to set the inspection fee for home-based businesses to $35. Mr. Them then stated that the “spirit” of home based businesses, is the baking of cookies and treats to subsidize one’s income….not to have a full blown bakery in their basement. Ms. Riffert stated that she will contact Mr. Barrett at the PA Dept. of Health to see what their definition of “home based business” is. Mr. Riffert will report at the Board’s July 7th meeting.

In addition to requesting council to decrease the inspection fee, a definition of “home based business” and what is prohibited (i.e. preparing foods that require refrigeration, cat/dog).

New Business:

1. Yeadon Health Inspector, Matt Black: Inspector Black has agreed to help the Borough in Inspection Spangler’s absence. He has performed one inspection to date, Lansdowne Swim Club Snack Bar. This establishment has a new business running it this year.

Mr. Them discussed the need to have a replacement when Inspector Spangler retires. He stated that in the past he mentioned that it might be beneficial to have a Board member certified. We should pursue the replacement route.

2. Livestock: Councilman Schleigh asked if there is anything in the Borough Health Ordinance regarding keeping chickens. While there is nothing in our Health Ordinance about chickens as we deal with eating/drinking facilities, we advised the Councilman to check with the Code Department, as we thought perhaps residential-zone neighborhoods permitted only the usual domestic pets and forbade livestock or poultry.

Adjourn:

7:45pm. Next meeting to be held on July 14, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Respectfully submitted,
Betsy Riffert, Secretary

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