was gone to cover the additional work so there was no cost savings. The
request is for this position to move from part-time to full time.
Trustee Parakkat asked what is prompting the need for additional funding.
Dr. Chapple said the Health Department is seeking to use the funding that
was already set aside; it is not seeking additional funding. Nurse Steurer
was contracted for 20 hours per week for the calendar year. Quickly into the
year she was used at the full 37.5 hours per week. The Health Department
is requesting to increase her funding to continue using her for the rest of the
year. The Health Department is also able to bring back Nurse Stanton
which will use the funding that was set aside plus the grant dollars. Trustee
Parakkat asked what the impact will be if the funding is not approved. Dr.
Chapple said the Health Department would have a problem with its
backlog and ensuring the department is up-to-date on all of its cases,
which is what the funding was set aside to do.
Trustee Buchanan asked if STI reporting is in the backlog. Dr. Chapple
confirmed the backlog includes STIs and all communicable diseases. The
Health Department is required by the state to provide vaccines free to
anyone who wants them. Trustee Buchanan asked if the Health Department
has a plan for these positions after the grant runs out. Dr. Chapple said if
the grant runs out and the department no longer has vaccines, it will no
longer need a nurse to administer vaccines. She expects to know the
state's plan for these grants in October.
Trustee Parakkat asked if these funds are coming from the external
support line item, which Dr. Chapple confirmed. He inquired if the nursing
positions are just through the end of the year. Manager Jackson responded
that $110K was approved in the FY23 budget for the purpose of doing the
backlog work. The original intent was to hire four part-time nurses. Instead
the Health Department has used the nurses it has and has not spent all of
the $110K. The proposal is to amend the contracts of Nurses Steurer and
Stanton to continue doing the backlog work with the $110K that was
approved. The backlog is anticipated to be finished this fiscal year as
Trustee Robinson asked if the funding is coming from the original $110K
that was escrowed. Manager Jackson confirmed that is correct. The Health
Department does not currently have an immunization program because all
immunization efforts have been tied to addressing the COVID-19
pandemic. Nurse Stanton is to help the Health Department implement the
state grant received in March.
It was moved by Trustee Wesley, seconded by Trustee Straw, that this Resolution
be adopted. The motion was approved. The roll call on the vote was as follows:
Village President Scaman, Village Trustee Buchanan, Village Trustee Enyia, Village
Trustee Parakkat, Village Trustee Robinson, Village Trustee Straw, and Village