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WIC program benefits from new walk-in schedule

Property approved for demolition

Officials with the local Women, Infants and Children Program reported at Wednesday afternoon’s Logan County District Board of Health meeting about how a recent change to walk-in appointments has benefited both clients and staff members.

Christina Bramlage, WIC director, said in previous years, program participants scheduled appointments for their regular clinic visits. However, many appointments ended in no-shows, which was frustrating for the nursing staff and also led to office staff members fielding a number of phone calls to reschedule visits.

So Logan County WIC representatives asked for permission from state officials to pilot a six-month program as a new and convenient way to offer clinics.

Beginning Jan. 1, the clinics began operating on a walk-in basis, and the hours are now 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Logan County Health District office, 310 S. Main St. Clinics are not offered on Thursdays.

“The participants and the staff love it,” Ms. Bramlage said.

“It has been wonderful,” agreed Nursing Director Kay Schroer. “The clients are responsible now. They know when they need to come back.

“We haven’t had to turn people away very often.”

Nursing staff said the best times to attend the clinics are early in the morning and at the middle of the month, as a higher volume of participants tend to come in the middle of the day and also at the beginning or end of the month.

With the success of the pilot program, the walk-in hours will now be a more permanent change for WIC.

“I feel really good about that,” Mrs. Schroer said. “Change is hard, but it worked out really good. We’re trying to be progressive with our programs and to respond to client needs.”

In environmental health matters, members issued an order for the demolition of collapsing structures on two contiguous Logan County parcels located along County Road 39 near State Route 274, Huntsville, and also to seal a flooded water well. The properties are owned by Helen Neeley and Lucy Neeley.

During a hearing at the meeting regarding the properties, no one appeared to show cause why the nuisances should not be abated.

Demolition will be made possible through Moving Ohio Forward Funds offered to the county, Environmental Health Director Craig Kauffman said.

The properties include a demolished house, collapsing barns, outbuildings and solid waste, and has been an ongoing issue for many years, health district officials said.

Also related to Moving Ohio Forward Funds, the board issued orders to two other property owners to appear at the next meeting, 1 p.m. Aug. 7, for a hearing to show cause why the board should not authorize the demolition of the two properties.

The property owners are Earl Kinstle of Jesup, Ga., and Wilbert Hoskins, whereabouts unknown, for their respective properties at 7187 Indian Drive, Russells Point, and 7181 Hardin Drive, Russells Point.

Both structures have been vacant for more than a year and meet other condemnation protocol, such as issues with collapsing walls, dangerous openings in the flooring, open crawl space accessible to animals and humans, and no sewer connection.

These hearings have been requested by Community Development Consultants of Ohio, the representatives who are working with the Logan County Commissioners on the Moving Ohio Forward Funds.

Members also reviewed the results of the fiscal years 2011 and 2012 audit by the state auditor’s office, which resulted in two accounting procedural findings that have been corrected, Administrator Lisa Downing said.   

In other matters, the board:

• accepted the resignation of Angel Walker, environmental clerical specialist/deputy registrar, and approved the internal transfer of home health clerical specialist Paige O’Neil-Tester to fill the position, leaving an opening for home health clerical specialist;

• approved an annual evaluation for Jennifer Wren, home health supervisor; and a probationary evaluation for Christie Brannon, breastfeeding peer helper;

• ordered Steve Akers of Bellefontaine to remove all solid waste, including a refrigerator, mattresses and other items from a back porch at his property at 302 N. Center St., Belle Center, within seven days;

• ordered Christy Golden of Wapakoneta, who owns a property at 11259 Kickapoo Path, Lakeview, to remove solid waste from the home and to secure the property from human and animal entry within seven days;

• accepted the 2014 Public Health Emergency Preparedness Grant in the amount of $76,497;

• approved a contract renewal with Delaware County for epidemiology services at the rate of $42.25 per hour;

• approved well variance requests from Teresa Handshoe, 8848 Crescent St., Lakeview; Douglas C. Morris, 5524 County Road 21, DeGraff; Daryl Ballinger, 11524 Pocahontas Path, Lakeview; and William and Marsha Gilius of Piqua for a property at 8921 Park St., Lakeview; and

• denied a well variance request from Don Rohrs of McGuffey for a property at 11096 Collingwood, Lakeview; and denied a request from Charles Line of Cridersville to place a house foundation 10 inches from an existing well at 11019 Park Drive, Lakeview.

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