FRAMINGHAM – Mayor Yvonne Spicer began advertising for individuals interested to serve on the Framingham Board of Health in mid-July.
Monthly later, the Mayor has yet to name her choices for City of Framingham Board of Health.
Although the July 20 job posting did not state how many individuals the Mayor would appoint, under state statute City health boards are comprised of just three members.
Mayor Spicer submitted names for various volunteer boards, committees, and commission in June and again in July, but no names were submitted to the 11-member elected City Council by the Mayor for the City of Framingham Board of Health.
The Town of Framingham Board of Health was comprised of five individuals.
The current Board of Health has five members, and has been suspending licenses, approving permits, and discussing marijuana regulations since January 1, as a 5-member Board and not a 3-member Board.
“The mission of the Framingham Board of Health is to protect, promote, and preserve the health and well-being of all residents of the City of Framingham. Under Massachusetts General Laws, state and local regulations and community direction, the Board of Health is held responsible for disease prevention and control; health and environmental protection and promoting a healthy community.”
Membership Responsibilities include:
- Develop, implement and enforce health policies.
- Provide policy direction to Framingham Public Health Department
- Assure that the basic health needs of the community are being met.
- Attend meetings, participate in strategy discussions, help resolve customer service problems, give input on needs analysis, and negotiations.
- Participate in public hearings on cable TV service.
The Board of Health meets once every month.
The City Council has 30 days from when the mayor makes her appointments to approve or reject the nominees.