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Member honored upon retirement

Commissioner issued contract


Retiring Logan County District Board of Health member John Henschen, standing, left, checks out the plaque that he received during Wednesday’s meeting as a “thank you” for his service from Health Commissioner Dr. Boyd Hoddinott, also standing. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY LOEHR)

A retiring Logan County District Board of Health member was honored at the board’s Wednesday afternoon meeting for his service and Health Commissioner Dr. Boyd Hoddinott was extended a one-year contract.

Member John Henschen has served on the board since March 2000, and Wednesday was his last meeting. Dr. Hoddinott presented him with a plaque to express the agency’s appreciation.

“It’s great to have community members like John who give their voice and participate,” the health commissioner said. “He has been terrific. We appreciate his opinions.”

“I’ve had a lot of great mentors along the way,” Mr. Henschen said.

The Lakeview area resident also noted that he enjoyed the opportunity to serve as a liaison between the public and the Logan County Health District.

“I’ve also received many letters (from the public) during my time here, and I’ve done my best to answer every single one.”

Mr. Henschen’s replacement will be named during the Logan County Health District Advisory Council meeting slated for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21.

The advisory council is made up of the county’s township trustees and also mayors of each of the municipalities.

Also on the agenda at the advisory council meeting is an update about the health district’s 0.75-mill, 10-year operating levy that will appear on the May ballot, Dr. Hoddinott said.

Following the failure of several levy attempts in 2007 and 2008, the LCHD had to make a number of personnel and program cuts and has also relied on $500,000 in inside millage funds each year to support the budget.

Relating to the health commissioner’s contract, members convened in executive session for about 20 minutes and then voted unanimously to extend the one-year contract to Dr. Hoddinott at the same rate of pay, $52,000 per year. He has served in the position since April 2000.

In addition to his duties as health commissioner, Dr. Hoddinott also practices as a physician at Maple Leaf Family & Sports Medicine in Bellefontaine.

During environmental health matters, Craig Kauffman, environmental health director, noted that Grant Peper has satisfied the board’s order to make substantial progress on repairing a collapsing roof on his property at 9739 E. Lakeshore Drive, Huntsville. The case is considered closed.

In upcoming activities, the LCHD and Heartland of Bellefontaine host their second annual 5K Walk “Logan County Getting Healthy One Step at a Time” at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Southview Park. The walk is planned as a kickoff for Public Health and Immunization Week.

At 8:45 a.m., Carrie Yoder from the Mary Rutan Hospital cardiology department will provide a pre-walk warmup.

After each lap that participants complete, they will receive a set of beads for the Mardi Gras-themed event.

Officials note that some of the benefits of walking include reducing heart problems by one-third, reducing stroke by one-quarter, and also helping to provide relief for stress, anxiety and depression.

In other action, the board:

• approved annual evaluations for John Clary, plumbing inspector, and Bobbi Dow, home health nurse;

• approved a backup health commissioner contract with Dr. J. Christopher O’Connor for $1 per year, and $75 per hour if his services are utilized;

• approved a consulting agreement renewal with Clemans-Nelson & Associates, with an $87.50 retainer fee per month, plus any applicable hourly fees for services; and

• approved Mary Rutan Hospital’s maternity unit license application.

The next meeting is 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 3.

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