Belmont County Board of Health wants to review expenses, workload

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Health plans to examine expenses and workload for some programs offered by the county’s health department.

The board held a special meeting regarding budgetary matters last week.

“The board is requesting more information on time and expenses on different programs,” said Robert Sproul, deputy health commissioner.

Specifically, he said, board members want to study data regarding sanitation and environmental health programs and health services provided to prisoners at the Belmont County Jail.

“They (board members) wanted more information from us (department employees), so we’ll work on that,” Sproul said.

He also said an employee, who normally would work on compiling such data, is on maternity leave.

As a result of staffing issues, he is unsure whether the information will be ready for examination at the board’s next regular meeting at noon Tuesday at the health department’s offices. The meeting will be held a day later than usual because of the Veterans Day holiday Monday.

Regarding health services at the jail, Sproul said the cost of supplies and materials has risen and the workload has increased because “the jail population has gone up.”

The Belmont County Commission cut the health department’s program grant by 5 percent last year, with additional cuts in funding possibly forthcoming, he said.

In response, Sproul said the Board of Health members want detailed data about these programs “to make an informed presentation to the county commission” in an attempt to have funding restored or prevent additional reductions.