County tabs potential Public Health head

Horace Nye transformer study sparks debate

The Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown.

The Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The Ways and Means Committee of the Essex County Board of Supervisors has tabbed Linda Beers as the new director of the Public Health Department.

The committee voted unanimously to move the recommendation to the full board meeting Oct. 3.

Lewis Supervisor David Blades, who heads the committee that oversees public health, said they received approval from the state for the move after their regular monthly meeting, but wanted to bring the matter to rest by appointing Beers.

“The approval came after human services already had their meeting,” Blades said. “I have talked with the committee and most are in favor of the move.”

Board Chairman Randall “Randy” Douglas said a lot of work has gone into finding someone to put into the role of Public Health Director.

“They have done a wonderful job and selected a wonderful candidate,” Douglas said.

The position pays $74,000 annually.

Smoking ban clears committee

The committee also forwarded the new county smoking policy to a vote by the full board, which would be placed into effect Nov. 17 if passed.

Keene Supervisor William “Bill” Ferebee asked if, once the policy was in place, there would be a specific way it would be enforced.

“How are these areas going to be policed and who is going to be over that,” Ferebee asked.

“The department heads are paid to do a job, that includes enforcing the rules,” Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston said.

“It becomes the department heads responsibility to police and do discipline if they see someone not following the rules,” agreed county manager Daniel Palmer.

Pricing for study questioned

Moriah Supervisor Thomas “Tom” Scozzafava questioned a resolution authorizing the expenditure of up to $7,500 for an engineering study to be done by AES for the replacement of a transformer that supplies power to the Horace Nye Nursing Home.

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