[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Augusta as Ch. 6.5, Art. III, Div. 1, of the 1990 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established a Bureau of Health and Welfare to be under the direct supervision and control of the Director of Health and Welfare.
The office of the Director of Health and Welfare is hereby established.
[Amended 1-6-1992 by Ord. No. 244]
It shall be the duty of the Police Chief or the Health Officer to cause the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter relating to health and to prosecute any and all persons violating such provisions.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter or failing, or neglecting, or refusing to obey any lawful order or direction of a person authorized to investigate and enforce the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be subject to the provisions of Chapter 1, Article III, General Penalty, of the City Code.
The City Manager shall appoint a Health Officer.
The City Clerk shall notify the State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services of the name, address and term of appointment of the person appointed Health Officer.
The Health Officer shall serve under the Bureau of Health and Welfare.
In accordance with the state statutes, the Health Officer or any person employed by him may, when obstructed in the performance of his duty, call to his assistance any constable or other person he thinks fit, and every such police officer or person so called upon shall render assistance.
The Health Officer shall perform those duties ascribed to him by statutes and by the City Manager or Council. The Health Officer shall specifically act on complaints and make inspections for health and sanitation conditions in eating establishments and places of public gathering, such inspection to be at least once a year.
[Amended 10-2-1989 by Ord. No. 194]
The Director of Health and Welfare, with the approval of the Director of Community Services, shall appoint one or more public health nurses.
The health nurses shall serve under the Bureau of Health and Welfare.
Public health nurses appointed pursuant to this chapter shall:
Carry on a general health nursing program within the City under the direction of the Director of Health and Welfare.
Receive whatever supervision is available from the State Division of Health Nursing.
Report to the Health Officer all cases of infectious and contagious diseases, complaints and instances of nuisances, conditions dangerous to life and health, and shall, under his supervision, recommend medical treatment for indigents and those who cannot otherwise be provided for.
In carrying on their public health nursing program, cooperate with any agency or company providing funds for the public health nursing program within the City.