Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend Lexie N Hopkins Volleyball, soccer previews coming this weekend Michael A Cheek

Health Department appeals to November voters

image_186
Strict government mandates could leave the county without critical health services –

By Patricia Beech –

Are residents in danger of losing their local Health Department?
The short answer is yes! The longer answer – yes, if the department fails to the meet the state standards required for accreditation.
The Ohio Board of Health has mandated that all county health departments become accredited – a lengthy and costly process which places the very existence of many rural health departments in jeopardy.
Every county health department in Ohio must pay an initial $14,000 application fee, according to Dr. William Hablitzel, Commissioner of the Adam’s County’s Health Department.
“In cities and larger counties that application fee isn’t an issue,” Hablitzel explains. “The money we get to take care of the community and the people comes from the villages and the townships, and they can’t give anymore, they’ve given their all.”
The current funding provided by the county’s villages and townships will be inadequate to meet the bill for accreditation, so this November Adams County voters are being asked to pass a county-wide, five- year, .05 mill health services levy to ensure that county residents will continue to have local Health Department services.
Additionally, Hablitzel says that funding the Health Department through a levy will allow townships and villages to keep more of their own money for the benefit of their citizens.
So what will it cost? The average Adams County property owner should expect to pay about $14 a year, less than a nickel a day. In return the community benefits from the basic, but critical services provided by the Health Department including: immunizations for children and school nurses, a free clinic for the uninsured and under-insured, inspections of retail food operations, septic systems, swimming pools, hotels, and campgrounds, tracking and preventing the spread of communicable diseases such as the flu, and the ability to respond to emergency situations such as floods and severe storms.
In short, the problems they solve makes them the government agency that the public cannot safely do without.
So, what happens if the levy doesn’t pass?
“The director of the Ohio Department of Health has made it clear that he will have our responsibilities reassigned to other county health departments,” said Hablitzel. “That’s what we risk if we do not become accredited, having outsiders and other communities deciding what happens in our county.”
Hablitzel says he prefers a “neighbors helping neighbors” approach at the Health Department. “The state rules and codes have to be followed,” he explains. “But there’s also ways to meet the spirit of the rules so that it fits the community, and that’s what we’re always trying to do. When we go out to inspect a septic system for instance, if repairs are needed, we will often call the Office of Economic Development and try to find a grant to help the people find funding for the repairs to their system. That’s the kind of service and attention to the community that I don’t think we’ll see if we have to bring in outsiders from other health departments to do the job.”
For more information about the Adams County Health Department call (937) 544-5547.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© The People's Defender - All rights reserved