Health Officer Needed
Among items of interest, a discussion of the Health Division on April 23 meeting revealed the city is still seeking a Health Officer. Meanwhile, the city is using the services of a Union County health officer who is not providing "managerial oversight."
Finance Director Ron West West said the city has 330 retail food establishments, but only 106 got inspected last year, leaving 224 that were not inspected.
"We only did 30 percent of what was required," he said.
So far in 2014, only 14 such inspections have been made.
The Health Division also is responsible for issuing dog and cat licenses, but West said only 164 dogs are licensed and only three cats. He said at least 17 households went to South Plainfield to get rabies shots for pets and now they will be receiving letters from the city saying their dogs are not registered and they face fees and penalties.
West said the city is mandated to provide public health services. He said the city has been "historically challenged" with health issues.
"We need to be at the forefront," he said.
West said the division has not been technologically sophisticated group, but plans call for a move away from paper records.