TFoTM has learned that calls were placed to the Westfield Health Department alerting both Kenneth Pincus (Principal Registered Environmental Health Specialist) and Megan Avallone (Health Officer) of the mold issue. Our source has revealed that both health department workers were unwilling to take a complaint without a name and telephone number associated with the complaint. The caller stated that they did not want to give a name or number for fear of retaliation.
TFoTM placed calls to the Board of Health and were told that no complaint would be accepted from a town employee unless a name and telephone number was associated with the complaint.
Mayor Skibitsky and Town Administrator Jim Gildea, what has been done to correct this alleged mold issue?
Due to the fact that the local Board of Health is appointed by the Governing body of Westfield, TFoTM understands the fear of any municipal employee giving their name or telephone number out regardless of any confidentiality policy in place.
The following was copied from the Town of Westfield's website:
***Public health planning and policies are developed, implemented and monitored by each municipalities local Board of Health which is appointed by the Governing Body of each municipality. Each Board of Health is comprised of between five and nine members of the public representing a broad spectrum of backgrounds within the community.
Once a complaint has been filed, an inspector is assigned the complaint to verify the conditions alleged and process either an advisory notice or a formal notice of violation if corrective action is indicated to abate the nuisance.
Environmental complaints encompass but are not limited to the following categorical areas:
- Air Pollution
- Garbage/Rubbish/Solid Waste
- Hazardous Waste Spills
- Housing Violations
- Lead Poisoning/Exterior Lead Paint
- No Heat
- Potable Water
- Ragweed/Poison Ivy
- Underground Storage Tanks
- Water Pollution
- Unsanitary Conditions
- Misc. Complaints
Megan Avallone, MS, BSN, RN, HO
(908) 789-4070, Ext. 4073
Kenneth Pincus, BS
Principal Registered Environmental Health Specialist
Town of Westfield
(908) 789-4070, Ext. 4072