The board also finalized the payment agreement to Gary Young, the PCHD's former landlord. In October, the health board agreed to pay him about $167,000 over the next two fiscal years, and has already paid $34,305 to Young. According to Skidmore, the board should have enough funds to meet its financial obligations to both Koblinsky and Young. The $20,000 loan finalized by the commission in December was requested to pay Young. Young is still owed $49,000 for this fiscal year and $83,000 for next fiscal year.
The health department entered into a multi-year lease with Young in 2010 -- even though it's against state law for a public county agency like the Putnam health department to enter into a lease agreement that lasts more than a year. County attorney Jennifer Scragg Karr told the Gazette last year that neither she nor the commission was consulted during the PCHD's talks on the lease.
Kirk also said the recent water crisis was handled very well by the employees of the PCHD. Kirk, who is the administrator of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, said because part of Putnam County is serviced by the Putnam Service District and the city of Hurricane has its own municipal water system, only about 16,500 of the county's 57,000 residents were affected.
"It's still just as scary and as worrying to parents whose kids are in school or daycare, or for business owners," Kirk said. "Our sanitarians were out in the field re-inspecting everything, sometimes as late as midnight."
The PCHD currently employs two sanitarians, Keith Lyons and Rick Snaman, and the two performed 130 inspections across the county between Jan. 9 and Jan. 22. According to Snaman, the PCHD also had to inspect facilities in Buffalo more than once after the water ban was lifted and re-issued for the area.
The next regular board of health meeting will be held April 3 at 6 p.m. in Winfield.
Reach Lydia Nuzum at lydia.nu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5189.