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DIVISION OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Environmental Health April 2021 summary:
The month of April has been one in which Environmental Health has been able to return to a bit of normalcy. Staff have been able to return to doing food safety inspections, recreational water activities, and planning for summer events such as Super Day and Cheyenne Frontier Days etc. Public Health orders currently are limited to large indoor events thus questions and concerns from the public have lessened.
On April 15th Roy and Jennifer attended the 2021 EIMG meeting and Laramie County was awarded $60,000.00. This was another $30,000 reduction. The state has reduced the funds for West Nile Virus control from $135,000 just two years ago. The decreased funding will require additional cutbacks including decreasing aerial larvicide applications and other cost savings measures. Understanding the importance of protecting the public’s health all efforts will be concentrated on minimizing the risk to citizens of Laramie County.
In March, Environmental Health proposed to increase many of our service fees used in the operation of the division. During the month of April, no comments were received in person, by phone or in writing. The public hearing for the increase will be held on May 18th.
The small wastewater program and the rural property inspection program have remained strong during the first part of the year. Well and septic inspections on rural property are ahead of a very busy 2020. Homes have moved quickly in this market even with home prices more than 10% higher than this time last year. Environmental Health staff have remained busy reviewing site plans, business development and new property development (subdivisions) as well.
Several staff also had the opportunity to participate in the Annual Education Conference for the National Environmental Health Association. Because the conference was presented virtually and is recorded, it made access available to more of our staff. The conference provides some of the most updated information, trending public issues and connection with other environmental health professionals in the country.
The monthly statistical report follows:
BOARD OF HEALTH SUMMARY REPORT
EH April 2021 summary:
HOME LOAN / SEPTIC PROGRAM:
Well and septic inspections evaluated were twenty-eight (28), an increase in loans of thirteen (13) as compared to the same period in 2020.
Residential septic permits issued were eight (8).
Commercial septic permits issued were four (4).
Repair septic permits issued were two (2), an increase of two (2) as compared to the same period in 2020.
Septic inspections were twenty-one (21), an increase of zero (0) as compared to the same period in 2020
Plats, Subdivisions, Zone Changes and Variances Reviews:
Staff reviewed seventeen (17) Cheyenne and Laramie County Site Plans.
FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM:
Food Service Establishment Plan Reviews:
Food Establishments - Opening/Closing:
******All closings were due to a change in ownership or voluntary closures ******
Food Service Inspections:
Food Service Regular Inspections: 21. Total inspections were 124.
Itinerant (temporary) food service permits issued: 16. Issued for the year: 38.
Itinerant Inspections: 0.
Day Care Inspections: 2.
School Food Service Inspections: 5.
Bed & Breakfast Inspections: 0 .
COMMUNICABLE DISEASE INVESTIGATION:
Staff investigated zero (0) communicable disease reported cases.
Staff inspected two (2) swimming pools, spas, or similar installations in April.
Staff inspected zero (0) campground facilities in the month of April.
MASSAGE & BODY ART:
Staff inspected four (4) body art establishment for the month of April. Zero (0) new body artist was licensed in the month of April.
Roy Kroeger, Kimmie Burgess and Josie Prince attended NEHA AEC.
Noel Udell attended NEHA AEC and REHS Exam.
Approximately twenty seven (27) water samples were drawn for April. Twenty six (26) were satisfactory. One (1) was unsatisfactory.
No human cases of WNV reported to date.
Staff inspected four (4) fireworks stands for the month of April.
PUBLIC HEALTH COMPLAINT PROGRAMS:
9 Complaints Filed
0 Complaints Abated
8 Active & Pending
7 Inspected with No Further Action Taken
0 Referred to Other Agencies
Roy Kroeger, Director
Division of Environmental Health
Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department