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Duties and Annual Reports
Ware Board of Health and Appointees
2007 Annual Reports
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DESCRIPTION
Major activities performed.
Permits issued.
Permits and inspections performed.
Major Services provided
Census data
Permits issued
2006 Annual Reports
DOCUMENT
DESCRIPTION
Major activities performed.
Permits issued.
Permits and inspections performed.
Major Services provided
Census data
Permits issued
The  Board  of  Health  direct  policy and oversees enforcement by the health department of  over  60 separate  areas  of  public  health law  and  regulations .   These areas  include food and milk, water quality, sewage and solid waste disposal,  burials  and approval  of  cemeteries, communicable disease control and quarantines, safe  housing,  air pollution control,  the keeping  of  livestock and  much  more.  

Massachusetts  Boards  of  Health  have a  long,  impressive history  in our  Commonwealth,   dating  back  to colonial  times and  Paul  Revere  who served  as  Chairman  of the  very first  formally established Board  of Health in  Boston  in 1799.  He  and  his  fellow  Board  members  were  given  board  authority  to  govern over  " filth  and offal" that  caused  sickness, epidemics  and  polluted  the  environment.

The Ware Board of Health consists of three members. Members are elected directly by the voters of Ware. Terms are for three years and they are overlapping.  The Board meets monthly. Members annually elect a chair, whose main responsibility is to preside over board meeting. The chair also performs any other duties to carry out the will of the Board when directed by vote or consensus of the Board as a whole.  The Board functions as a group, making all decisions at legally convened Board meetings by majority vote. The Board of Health annually appoints public health personnel (or "agents") to act on their behalf in the day - to - day activities.   Many Massachusetts General Laws empower the Board of Health to take a wide range of actions to protect and promote public health in the community.

Duties of the Board of Health are as follows:
1)      Adopt, promulgate, amend, and repeal local public health regulations.
2)      Hear appeals, variances or waivers to state or local public health regulations.
3)      Set fees for public health permits and services.
4)      Act as the licensing authority for all public health permits and licenses in Town.
5)      Approves the budget and provides fiduciary care and oversight of funding and expenditures.
6)      Public  Health  advocacy, and
7)      Provides  the  necessary  leadership to  the Health Department, which includes:
a. Determining the number, type, duties, compensation and qualification of staff to   be hired and performing regular performance evaluations or reviews. Discipline or termination of their employees when warranted.
b. Setting short and long term goals for the Department and determining general policy to achieve those goals and objectives.
c. Regular evaluation of programs and resources provided
d.  Support the  public  health  director  and   other staff in all  decisions  and   actions  that  are  consistent with the polices  of the  Board  and  the  standards   of  public  health  practice  in the  Commonwealth.
e. Delegate and hold the Public Health Director accountable for the daily operations of the Department.  

Duties of the Director of Public Health include:
1)      Managing the day  to day activities and making the  daily  decisions  necessary  to perform  effectively the  work  of the  Board  and the  Department.
2)      Implements all  work  authorized by the  Board of Health and supervises  and directs  the  work  of the  other staff by clarifying  duties, providing  direction, support,  correction as  necessary,  and referral  to the  Board  for  discipline  as  warranted.
3)      Develops a draft budget to present to the Board for final approval and is responsible for daily financial stewardship.
4)      Makes  sound  recommendations and  provides  professional  advise  to the  Board on all matters  before  it.
5)      Keeps the Board informed -fully and accurately - on public health activities, progress, and problems at local, regional, and state levels.

Much  effort  has  been  put  into  the  Ware Board  of  Health   over  many years  to ensure a  highly  functioning and  effective  Board and department. Public input on key matters is sought and given due consideration.  Members and staff are kept updated and educated on emerging issues. Procedures, policies and forms have been developed for all program areas.  Accurate records are maintained. Clear channels of authority and lines of responsibility are firmly in place with the appropriate checks and balances. There  are  established  protocols  for  the  selection of  qualified  and  credentialed key personnel,   as  well as  annual performance  evaluations.   

The  Ware  Board  of  Health is a  member  of  the  Quabbin  Health  District.  In 1980, Town Meeting voted to create the District under MGL C 11, sec 27A. And join as a founding member town. Ware, Belchertown, and Pelham share personnel and the operating costs.  

The  Quabbin  Health  District  is  regarded  state-wide as an   prime example  of effectiveness  of  health department regionalization  at  reducing cost while providing professional level of  services and qualified  personnel.


 

Town of Ware
126 Main Street, Ware, MA 01082
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