In the June 14, 2012 issue of the Boardman Town Crier, a correspondent reported that the Mahoning County District Board of Health was facing a 25 percent cut in funding that would necessitate a reduction in services. I am writing today as the Mahoning County Health commissioner to clarify this report. Currently the Mahoning County Solid Waste Management District provides funding to the Mahoning County District Board of Health to conduct inspections of all the county's active and inactive landfills, to test and monitor the condition of the well water in the homes and businesses located within a mile of these landfills and to respond to open dumping and public health nuisance complaints throughout all of Mahoning County.
Earlier this year, the Board of Health learned that the Solid Waste Management District was planning to reduce its funding to the Health Department by 25% beginning in 2015. Such a drastic cut in funding would impact the department's ability to maintain its current level of solid waste program services. On June 11, I asked the Boardman Township Trustees to support the Board of Health by passing a resolution asking the Mahoning County Solid Waste Management District to maintain its current level of funding to the Mahoning County District Board of Health throughout their 15 year plan beginning in 2013. At their June 25 meeting the Boardman Township Trustees passed that resolution joining the townships of Smith, Poland, Milton,Springfield, and the representatives of all county townships serving on the Mahoning County General Health District Advisory Council in protecting the health of the citizens of Mahoning County.
Patricia M Sweeney, JD, MPH, RN
Mahoning County District Board of Health