Chapter 41.01


41.01.010    Purpose.

41.01.020    Membership of the Board.

41.01.030    Appointment, terms of office, and removal process.

41.01.040    Organization.

41.01.045    Meetings.

41.01.050    Rules and record of proceedings.

41.01.055    Compensation or reimbursement.

41.01.060    Duties and responsibilities.

41.01.070    Regulations to be codified.


Ord. 748    02/10/04

41.01.010 Purpose.

It is the declared purpose of this chapter to create the Clallam County Board of Health, as required by RCW 70.05.035, to prescribe a membership and selection process for the Board, establish bylaws, and to codify the power and duties of the Board.

41.01.020 Membership of the Board.

The Board of Health shall be composed of seven (7) members. The three (3) elected members of the Clallam County Board of Commissioners shall be members of the Board of Health. Appointed members of the Board of Health shall include one city council member, one public hospital district commissioner, and two (2) at-large members who are residents of Clallam County.

41.01.030 Appointment, terms of office, and removal process.

Members of the Board of Health shall be appointed by the Clallam County Board of Commissioners. The appointment process, terms of office, and process for removal of a member shall be in compliance with policies established by the Clallam County Board of Commissioners.

41.01.040 Organization.

The Board of Health shall elect a chair and vice-chair from among its members during the first meeting of each calendar year. The Board may appoint subcommittees and ad hoc committees, as necessary, to assist the Board in carrying out its duties and responsibilities.

41.01.045 Meetings.

The Board of Health shall hold no less than one regular meeting in each month of each year; provided, that if no issues over which the Board has jurisdiction are pending upon its calendar, a meeting may be canceled. All meetings of the Board of Health shall be established and conducted pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act, codified at Chapter 42.30 RCW et seq., as now or hereafter amended. Meetings shall be held at such times and at such locations as to be convenient for attendance by Board of Health members and the public, as determined by a resolution passed by a majority of Board of Health members.

41.01.050 Rules and record of proceedings.

The Board of Health shall adopt bylaws for the transaction of its business. No actions shall be taken by the Board of Health unless a majority of members are present, including at least two (2) Clallam County Commissioners. The Board of Health shall keep a public record of its transactions, findings, and decisions.

41.01.055 Compensation or reimbursement.

Appointed members of the Board of Health shall not be compensated for their services. Appointed members may receive reimbursement for approved expenses related to the completion of their responsibilities. Board members shall be reimbursed in the same manner, for the same expenses, and at the same rate County employees are reimbursed for the conduct of public business.

41.01.060 Duties and responsibilities.

The Board of Health shall have responsibility over all matters pertaining to the preservation of the life and health of the people of Clallam County and shall, in addition to those duties set forth in RCW 70.05.060, as now or hereafter amended:

(1) Collect, analyze, and disseminate to the community, in an annual report prepared by the Clallam County Department of Health and Human Services and the County Health Officer, information about community health status, preventable health risks, and the availability of resources to address identified health problems.

(2) Enact such rules, regulations, and policies necessary to preserve, promote, and improve the health status of Clallam County residents, and guide the allocation of appropriate and necessary public health resources.

(3) Assure that necessary, high quality, effective public health services are available for the protection of the people of Clallam County, including the control and prevention of any dangerous, contagious, or infectious disease within the County.

(4) Provide for the prevention, control, and abatement of nuisances detrimental to public health.

(5) Enforce, through the County Health Officer, the public health statutes of the State and County.

(6) Establish fee schedules for issuing and renewing licenses and permits or for other services authorized by the law and the rules of the Washington State Board of Health.

41.01.070 Regulations to be codified.

Any rules or regulations adopted by the Board of Health shall be codified in this title which is hereby created and which shall be the exclusive repository of the rules and regulations adopted by the Board of Health.