Board of Health for Madison and Dane County
Madison General Ordinance Section 7.01 - The Board of Health for Madison and Dane County shall govern the Madison Department of Public Health, the Dane County Division of Public Health and the Madison and Dane County Health Department and shall assure the enforcement of state and local public health laws and regulations. The Board shall adopt rules implementing policies adopted by the Common Council and the County Board. The Board of Health for Madison and Dane County shall: a) provide supervision to the Director; b) assess public health needs and advocate for the provision of reasonable and necessary public health service; c) develop policy and provide leadership that fosters local involvement and commitment that emphasizes public health needs and that advocates for equitable distribution of public health resources and complimentary private activities commensurate with public health needs; d) assure that measures are taken to provide an environment in which individuals can be healthy; e) determine program services priorities and assign the funding levels related to those priorities, subject to approval of the City and County; f) use the State's Health Plan, Healthiest Wisconsin 2010, as the focus for the Department; g) assure the enforcement of state public health statutes, public health rules and City and County public health ordinances; h) otherwise carry out obligations of a Board of Health under Wisconsin law; i) when entering into contracts, the Board may do so in its own name, for the benefit of the City and the County. The Board may delegate responsibility for redesign, planning, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of Program Services to the Director and his or her management team; shall have the authority to act on behalf of the Madison and Dane County Health Department, the City Department of Public Health and the County Division of Public Health and enter into contracts for the purchase of services to the Madison and Dane County Health Department, the City and the County. The Board may delegate that authority to the Director. The Board shall have the authority to retain outside counsel, subject to approval of the City and County. After confirmation of the Board and until amended by a subsequent agreement between the City and the County, contracts in excess of $50,000 and regulations established by the Board shall be brought to the Common Council and the Board of Supervisors for approval. During this time period the Board may approve contracts under $50,000 to provide public health services. The Board may apply for combined grants or program operations on behalf of the City and the County or for individual grants on behalf of the City and County where appropriate. The Board shall have the duties and obligations set forth in the intergovernmental agreement between the City of Madison and Dane County.