Val Covell, Cabot Health Officer
Town Health Officers are responsible for
– Investigating possible public health hazards and risks within the municipality
– Taking action to prevent, remove or destroy any such hazards
– Taking action to mitigate significant public health risks
– Enforcing health laws, rules and permit conditions, and taking the steps necessary to enforce orders
Examples of Town Health Officer responses
– Complaints of failing sewage systems that may affect the public’s health
– Rental housing complaints
– Complaints of animal cruelty & animal bites
– Closing swimming areas that may be a public health threat
– Local compliance with Vermont’s Lead Law
Many times the town health officer will need to take a formal approach to solve a local health problem. The statutes at 18 VSA Chapter 3 provide the authority for the town health officer to address a local health problem, and to take enforcement action when necessary.
The Board of Health of a municipality is made up of the local health officer and the town selectboard.