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Zane Township school building concerns continue

Logan County District Board of Health members continued to deal at their Wednesday afternoon meeting with a building in Middleburg that has been a public health hazard for a number of years.

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Inspections of the former Zane Township school building along County Road 153 in Middleburg by Logan County Health District staff have deemed that it is unsecured and structurally dangerous, and the property owner has been ordered to demolish the building, which is seen from the rear. (PHOTO | LOGAN COUNTY HEALTH DISTRICT)

Ronald Landefeld of Marion, owner of the former Zane Township school building located along County Road 153, had been asked to appear at the meeting to present his appeal to the board’s order to demolish the vacant structure. However, Mr. Landefeld did not attend the session.

In 2006, the property had been declared unsecured and structurally dangerous. The building owner was ordered by the board to remove the building and all debris. He appealed that order and established a maintenance agreement with the Logan County Common Pleas Court, which to this date has not been carried out.

More recently, the Logan County Health District had received complaints from Zane Township Trustees and the Allen Township Fire Department about the building and its potential as a fire hazard, said Craig Kauffman, director of environmental health.

Revisiting the issue during July, board of health members issued another order to Mr. Landefeld to remove the structure within 60 days.

Because Mr. Landefeld did not attend Wednesday’s session, the board once again continued its order to demolish the building.

Although the LCHD does not have funds for the demolition of this property, Mr. Kauffman said the building may be eligible for county funds received through the Moving Ohio Forward Demolition Grant.

In other environmental health matters, the director also reported on a new state regulation that will require the health district to turn over the licensing of manufactured home parks to the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission beginning Dec. 1.

Previously, the licensing of manufactured home parks provided the LCHD with revenues of about $8,000 per year, Mr. Kauffman noted.

However, a Memorandum of Understanding was approved with the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission that will enable the health district to complete inspections of the manufactured home parks in the county during the next year. Mr. Kauffman said he expects this measure to provide about $4,000 in revenues for the LCHD.

Also as a result of the new state requirement, member Bill Hines will step down from the board, as he was serving as a representative for manufactured home parks. He will be replaced by Chris Watkins, manager of the Hoffman Municipal Pool, beginning next month.

During the board education report, Corinne Riegler, emergency preparedness coordinator and public information officer, presented information about the Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Grant received by the agency following the Sept. 2001 terrorist attacks and subsequent anthrax threats that October.

Ms. Riegler said the countrywide response to these events revealed a weakness in the public health infrastructure, so the federal grants have been awarded to help the country prepare for and better manage a large-scale emergency.

Starting in 2004, the LCHD has received an average of about $100,000 in grant funds each year, and the monies have been utilized for planning purposes and also to purchase equipment, such as GPS systems, desktop and laptop computers, a walk-in cooler to store vaccines, a trailer to store supplies and upgrades to network servers.

Members also approved the 2013 agency operating budget, which includes an estimated $500,000 in inside millage from the Logan County Budget Commission, the amount that has been received in previous years, noted Lisa Downing, health district administrator.

Anticipated revenues for 2013 are $1,893,802, and anticipated expenses are listed as $2,281,593.

In other action, the board:

• issued an order to Mike Devin, 1474 County Road 1, Bellefontaine, to clean up his property at 400 S. Main St. that has a falling porch ceiling, gutters and solid waste, within 30 days;

• approved variance requests for Christopher Marlow of Bellefontaine for a garage footer, and Daniel Lee, 11275 Oak St., Lakeview, to maintain a well;

• approved the first reading of an amendment to Regulation 40 that would increase food service and retail food establishment license fees based upon the costs incurred by the health district;

• accepted the resignation of Renee Hartley, breastfeeding support program peer helper, effective Dec. 1, after also approving her annual evaluation; and

• approved annual evaluations for Matt Stonerock, environmental health employee; Cathy Summers, nursing services clerical specialist/health education coordinator; and Paige O’Neil-Tester, home health employee.

The next meeting is 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5

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