Denver Borough Council members joined other local officials calling on Lancaster County to establish a county health department, which county commissioners have been reluctant to do so far, despite a yearlong pandemic. Wants a county health departmentDenver Borough During their meeting on March 29, council members offered informal support to the March 8 letter and resolution initiated by Manheim Township to create a county health department. Borough Council did not take a formal vote on the resolution.
While the public can not formally vote on a public health department, county municipalities have spoken about the resolution in board meetings. Franklin & Marshall poll finds ‘overwhelming support’ for public health department in Lancaster County
Here’s how some Lancaster County boroughs and townships have responded to the resolution. “Researchers and public health experts might know the benefits of a public health department, but the public also seems to recognize the benefits,” said Jennifer Meyer, one of the researchers and a government and public health professor at F&M.
“It’s past time for Lancaster County to create a health department. We have seen the difference good, coordinated public health actions can have over this last year,” said board president Tom O’Brien. Neutral to a county health departmentEast Donegal In a unanimous, bipartisan resolution passed on March 8, the Manheim Township Board of Commissioners called on the county “to immediately initiate a working group to evaluate and recommend establishing a county health department by the end of 2021, if not before.”
Manheim Township Councilperson Todd Stewart, who said he’s not always one for more government, pointed out that a county health department could have been useful with the pandemic.
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