Bond to serve another year on board during challenging time for public health
Mill Creek City Councilman Mark Bond has agreed to serve another term on the Snohomish County Board of Health in the midst of what is certain to be a challenging time for healthcare with limited resources.
“The difficulty this year will be maintaining the services we have come to expect from the county,” Bond told The Beacon, “like inspections of restaurants, daycares and senior residential facilities without additional sources of revenue.”
Snohomish Health District Director and Snohomish County Health Officer Dr. Gary Goldbaum wrote letters to the mayors of Mill Creek, Bothell and Brier mayors to request that they reappoint Bond to the board. Goldbaum said the board will face challenges from a limited budget as well as a surge in the cases of influenza and the mumps in the county.
Bond returned to his seat on the 15-member panel in January to add his expertise to the board that oversees public health policy and operation of the public clinics operated by the county. The Board of Health includes all five members of the Snohomish County Council, along with city council members or mayors selected to serve by agreement of cities in each region.
An adult from Mill Creek became the first confirmed case of mumps in the county last month. The resident reportedly got sick after returning from Brazil.
“Through the budget process the Board determines the Health District's programming, which affects how infectious diseases are prevented, how we respond to emergencies, and how we deal with the increasing challenges of an aging population and chronic diseases,” said Goldbaum.
Bond said the Health District has already explored the sale of its current adminisrative offices in the Rucker Building in Everett and move into a smaller facility.