Committee to Make Final Vote on Reinstating Autonomous Health Board Next Week

Autonomous Health Board reinstated.

The Township Committee, in a 4 to 1 vote, approved the introduction of an ordinance to reinstate the autonomous Board of Health. In 2012, the form of the Board of Health was changed from a separate board to one composed of Township Committee members and residents.

“I feel that it’s in the best interest of the residents of Springfield for the Board of Health to be made up of public health professionals.” Deputy Mayor Rich Huber said in a statement published on the official Springfield Democrat website. “This change will ensure that politics don’t get in the way of the public’s well being.”

The final vote on the ordinance will be at the January 22 Township Committee meeting.

Following a series of protracted and contentious discussions, the Township Committee passed the ordinance overhauling Springfield’s Board of Health on June of 2012. The vote was split across party lines, with the Committees three Republicans voting in favor and the two Democrats voting against.

The matter has been fiercely debated in since the changes were first proposed in May. 

Over a dozen residents expressed displeasure with the proposed changes during the public comment period, including former officials and members of the Board of Health. In his closing remarks, Mayor Ziad Shehady acknowledged the controversy but argued that in the long run the move would benefit the township. 


DaJo January 17, 2013 at 08:32 PM
If that's true, it's scary how much you know about him. I wouldn't identify myself because it's a small town and everyone knows your business. I have to see and talk to people at school and around town. That doesn't mean I have to agree with their politics.
DaJo January 17, 2013 at 08:34 PM
I bet that's the same with many people like Conor M, The Voice of Reason, SeekingLogic, B Freeman, Len, anonimous and others who post anonymously on here.
BART FRAENKEL January 18, 2013 at 05:18 AM
It's one thing to give an opinion and another to resort to name calling and other poor behavior. The people who hide behind anonymous names and act poorly have zero credibility.
Voiceofreason January 18, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Agreed bart. It's also another thing to assume a fake identity( mom of 3)- and mislead the public especially when you are an elected official( former mayor). As Lance Armstrong just learned, you only get away with the lies for so long. It's deceptive and unethical and eventually it catches up with you.
Joe Sparkay January 28, 2013 at 10:10 PM
The new prosecutor seems overwhelmed. Luckily, Judge Rosenbluth is still on board. For how long?


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