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Article 3 - Board of Health

Article 3 – Board of Health

SECTION 2-301:  MEMBERS; TERMS

SECTION 2-302:  MEETINGS; OFFICERS

SECTION 2-303:  DUTIES

SECTION 2-304:  ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL

SECTION 2-305:  STATE RULES

SECTION 2-306:  COUNTY HEALTH BOARD

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION 2-301:  MEMBERS; TERMS

    A. The City Council shall appoint a Board of Health consisting of four members: the mayor, who shall serve as chairman; the president of the council; and two other members.  One member shall be a physician or health care provider, if one can be found who is willing to serve.  Such physician or health care provider, if appointed, shall be the board's medical advisor.  In the event no physician resides within the city, the mayor shall appoint a citizen at large to serve instead.  If the mayor has appointed a chief of police, he or she shall serve on the board as secretary and quarantine officer.  If the city has a contract with the Perkins County sheriff for law enforcement services, the mayor may appoint the county sheriff to serve as secretary and quarantine officer.

    B. The members shall serve a one-year term of office, unless reappointed, and shall organize at the first meeting in January of each year.  No member of the Board of Health shall hold more than one board position.  The members of the board shall serve without compensation.  The Board of Health shall be funded by the City Council from time to time out of the general fund.

 

SECTION 2-302:  MEETINGS; OFFICERS

    The Board of Health shall meet at such times as the City Council may designate.  The board shall reorganize at its meeting after appointments are regularly considered by the council and, if necessary, select a member to serve as secretary.  A majority of the board shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of doing business.  The secretary shall keep full and correct minutes and records of all meetings and file the same with the city clerk, where they shall be available for public inspection during office hours.  Special meetings may be held upon the call of the chairman or any two members of the board.

 

SECTION 2-303:  DUTIES

    It shall be the duty of the Board of Health to enact rules and regulations, which shall have the full force and effect of law to safeguard the health of the people of the city.  The board shall en­force the rules and regulations and provide fines and punish­ments for any violations thereof.  It may regulate, suppress, and prevent the occurrence of nuisances and shall actively enforce all state laws and city ordinances relat­ing to nuisances and matters of sanitation which affect the health and safety of the people.  The board shall regularly in­spect such premises and businesses as the City Council may direct.  The board shall be responsible for making such reports, prescribing such penalties, and performing such other duties as the council may designate from time to time.  All actions of the Board of Health shall be subject to the review and supervision of the council.

 

SECTION 2-304:  ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL

 

    The sheriff, if appointed as the quarantine officer, shall be the chief health officer of the city.  It shall then be his or her duty to notify the City Council and the Board of Health of health nui­sances within the city and its zoning jurisdiction.

 

SECTION 2-305:  STATE RULES

 

    The Rules and Regulations Relating to Public Health, Department of Health of the State of Nebraska, is hereby incorporated by reference when the same are applicable to the city, in their present form and as they may hereafter be amended.  (Neb. Rev. Stat. §18-132)

 

SECTION 2-306:  COUNTY HEALTH BOARD

 

    It shall be the duty of the Board of Health to work closely with the County Health Board, if any, in protecting the health and welfare of the residents of the city.