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Environmental Health May 2021 summary:

The mosquito program has hired two seasonal employees and they are in the field looking for mosquito larvae. The program is trying some new procedures this year with new GIS phone applications, less overlap in larvae testing in the zoned part of the county and increased adult trapping. An adult Culex tarsalis mosquito has been found in the center of town already.

The Small Wastewater and Rural Property Inspection programs remain very busy with the lower interest rates and a recovering economy. Environmental Health is reviewing large numbers of development plans throughout the county. Mortgage inspections and septic permits issued are both above levels seen last year, which was also busy.

Both the City of Cheyenne and Laramie County have several new subdivisions working through the process to accommodate the need for increased housing in the near future. Environmental Health reviews all of these new developments to assure they meet environmental public health regulations.

Restaurant and school inspections continue to increase as staff is trying to make up for the lost inspections during the peak of the Covid pandemic.

The amended Environmental Health fee schedule continues to advance. A public hearing was held in May followed by the Board of Health adoption. The Laramie County Commissioners have approved the fee schedule. The Cheyenne City Council will hear the fees soon. Fee increases require board and council approval prior to implementation by state statute.

Environmental Health has been short two inspectors during the month of May. One will return from US Air Guard duty in June and a new employee will start on June 7th. We are all looking forward to having a full staff again.

The monthly statistical report follows:


BOARD OF HEALTH SUMMARY REPORT
May 2021

EH May 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 fourteen (14).
Commercial septic permits issued were zero (0).
Repair septic permits issued were two (2), an increase of two (2) as compared to the same period in 2020.
Septic inspections were ten (10), an increase of ten (10) as compared to the same period in 2020.

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT:

Plats, Subdivisions, Zone Changes and Variances Reviews:
Staff reviewed twenty-eight (28) Cheyenne and Laramie County Site Plans.

FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM:

Food Service Establishment Plan Reviews:

  • Uncle Fred’s Catering
  • Bernie’s Cafe
  • Wyoming Downs
  • Ike’s Bar and Grill
  • Peachtree

Food Establishments - Opening/Closing:

Openings:

  • Dog Haus - 3838 Atkins Street
  • LCCC - 1400 E College Drive
  • La Barata #2 - 1408 S Greeley Hwy.
  • Wyo Snow - 3936 Dey Ave.
  • Creative Compass Gifts - 1102 Logan Ave.
  • Peachtree - 2020 E 11th Street

Closings:

  • Letmesy Food and Drinks - 205 W 18th Street
  • Dog Haus - 3838 Atkin Street
  • LCCC Cafeteria - 1400 E College Drive
  • Jeannies House - 3432 Campfire Trl.
  • Le Cafe - 309 W 20th Street
  • Chick Fil A @ Lowes - 2723 Christensen Road.
  • A Place to Grow - 2020 E 11th Street

******All closings were due to a change in ownership or voluntary closures ******

Food Service Inspections:

Food Service Regular Inspections: 46. Total inspections were 46.
Itinerant (temporary) food service permits issued 16. Issued for the year: 38.
Itinerant Inspections: 0
Day Care Inspections: 1
School Food Service Inspections: 31
Bed & Breakfast Inspections: 0

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE INVESTIGATION:

Staff investigated zero (0) communicable disease reported cases.

SWIMMING POOLS:

Staff inspected nineteen (19) swimming pools, spas, or similar installations in May.

CAMPGROUNDS:

Staff inspected zero (0) campground facilities in the month of May.

MASSAGE & BODY ART:

Staff inspected zero (0) body art establishment for the month of May. Zero (0) new body artist were licensed in the month of May.

AGENCY MEETINGS:

  • Roy Kroeger attended: USVI Mentorship (2), CFD Fly Control, Staff (2), Pre-App with Planning (4), NEHA BOD, Governors Water/Wastewater Task Force, AVI Septic Meeting, NEHA Officer Meeting (2), FDA Flex Funding (4), Leadership Team (3), Superday, Le Café, Board of Health, NEHA Endowment, NEHA AEC, LCCP Housing, State EPI Rounds (2).
  • Jennifer Escobedo attended: Staff (2), Whole Building Staff, DC Meeting, EPI Rounds (2), Leadership Meeting.
  • Tiffany Gaertner attended: City Meeting (2), Covid Health Dept. Meeting, EH Staff (2), Daycare Meeting.
  • Kimberly Burgess attended: Staff (2), Le Cafe, Department Meeting.
  • Shelby Reinert did not attend any meetings for the month of May.
  • Josie Prince attended: Staff, Department Meeting, AEC Meeting.
  • Noel Udell attended: Staff (2), Department Meeting, AVI Septic Meetings.

STAFF DEVELOPMENT:
Roy Kroeger, Jennifer Escobedo, and Tiffany Gaertner attended Van Diest Mosquito Control.
Tiffany Gaertner, Kimberly Burgess, Josie Prince, and Noel Udell attended the Cheyenne Home Show.

WATER:
Approximately forty-three (43) water samples were drawn for May. Forty-two (42) were satisfactory. One (1) was unsatisfactory.

WESTNILE VIRUS:

No human cases of WNV reported to date.

FIREWORKS:

Staff inspected three (3) fireworks stands for the month of May.

PUBLIC HEALTH COMPLAINT PROGRAMS:

Public Health Complaints:

2 Complaints Filed
0 Complaints Abated
2 Active & Pending
0 Inspected with No Further Action Taken
0 Referred to Other Agencies

Respectfully Submitted,

Roy Kroeger, Director
Division of Environmental Health
Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department