Health Officer

PUBLIC NOTICES:Tick

THIS IS THE SEASON FOR THE BLACKLEGGED TICK- Also known as Deer Ticks.  Please wear proper clothing and check your person after being outside or hiking.   A tick bite could mean Lyme disease. If you suspect a tick bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Public should also be aware of Rabies. During the spring season foxes and raccoons are quite active after being holed up for most of the winter. Do not approach a wild animal, especially one acting strangely. Call your local law enforcement to investigate.

TOWN HEALTH OFFICERS:

Jerry Firkey is the Town Health Officer and, along with other duties, responds to most Village health complaints.  Sharon Kelley is the Deputy Health Officer and, along with miscellaneous duties, responds to complaints located in the Town Outside the Village.  Town Health Officers (THO) are recommended by the Selectboard for approval and appointed by the Commissioner of Health.  Health Officers have the authority investigate and mitigate any potential or existing public health hazard in their town. Each town has a local board of health made up of the town’s Selectboard and the THO. 

The most common items that your Health Officers deal with throughout the course of a year are:

Residential Rental Housing Complaints, including, but not limited to: Lead Paint issues; Animal Bites; Rabies; Septic System failures; Inspection and Testing of swimming areas and pools; Indoor and outdoor air quality. 

CONTACTING THE HEALTH OFFICERS:

Please contact the Essex Police Department (PD) (878-8331) to register a complaint related to Animal Bites.  Other complaints can be called into the PD during evenings or weekends.

During regular business hours you can contact your Health Officers by calling 802-598-0801 (Jerry); and 802-238-5303 (Sharon).  

For more specifics regarding the duties of the Health Officer, see Title 18 V.S.A  § 602a.

Additional duties and functions of the Town Health Officers include:

1. Investigating when information is received about a condition that may be a public health hazard. 

2. Enforcing the provisions of Title 18 and the rules and permits issued by the Health Department. 

3. Preventing, removing, or destroying any public health hazard, or mitigating any significant public health risk in accordance with provisions of Title 18.

 4. Taking necessary steps, in consultation with the Health Department, to enforce all orders issued pursuant to 18 V.S.A. Ch. 3.

OTHER RESOURCES

Rental Handbook

Tenant Guidance