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Indianapolis, Ind., July 10, 1903. Whereas, The J. T. Polk Company, a corporation organized under the law, and operating a canning and preserving plant at Greenwood, Johnson County, Indiana, has filed with the Secretary of the State Board of Health its verified voucher and application in writing, asking for a permit to discharge into a small stream in said State, and said stream having no name, certain waste waters from its plant, and showing in such application that said stream at times is very high and filled from bank to bank, and that when in this condition the said waste water might be safely discharged into said stream without injury to the public; and
Whereas, Said Board of Health has duly inspected said stream at and below the point of said proposed discharge of refuse from the factory and has found and finds that said waste water is harmless and unpolluting and may, when the water is at high stage,. be discharged into said unnamed stream without injury as aforesaid.
Now, therefore, Said State Board of Health hereby grants and issues its written permit, hereby granting permit to said J. T. Polk Company at Greenwood, Johnson County, Indiana, to flow and discharge waste water from its storage pond into the nearby and unnamed creek when said creek is at high flood, and not then except by permission of the local, county or State Health Officer.
This permit is given this day, July 10, 1903, by the State Board of Health. This permit becomes null and void the 1st day of December, 1903.
Noblesville, June 29th.—I was subpænaed to the court at Noblesville on this date to testify in a smallpox case, which was venved from Frankfort. The case involved the proper payment of nurses and physicians in attending cases of smallpox and in establishing quarantine. The questions asked of me were in regard to the probable value of the services of nurses and physicians under certain detailed conditions. When released from the witness stand I visited the Ilealth Officer of the city, Dr. Tucker, and together we made a survey of the very large ponds wherein the Noblesville Strawboard Company discharges its refuse. These ponds cover in the total over one hundred acres and there is discharged into them daily over 1,500,000 gallons of water, loaded with straw extract and minutely divided straw. Solar evaporation is depended upon to dispose of most of this water, while the suspended matter is simply deposited on the bottom of the ponds. As would be expected, bad odors proceed from these ponds and are wafted over the city. There is some complaint, but the people of Noblesville, on account of what is there called “local patriotism,” do not wish any action to be taken against the industry which causes
these conditions. It was noticed that the ponds afforded ample facilities for the propagation of mosquitoes. Mosquito larvæ were observed almost without limit and the full-fledged mosquitoes appeared by the millions. It is easy to be seen that if the malarialbearing species ever visit these ponds and find conditions for their propagation we must expect malaria to abound in this region. With this idea in view I wrote to Mr. S. H. Emery, Jr., President of the American Strawboard Company at Chicago, suggesting that the company purchase a sufficient quantity of crude coal oil and spread it over the surface of the ponds, and from time to time put on a fresh supply. This would destroy the mosquito larvæ and at the same time would very materially lessen the odors arising from the pond. This will certainly be a proper hygienic measure. In this letter I also recommended to Mr. Emery that the same hygienic precautions of using coal oil be installed at the strawboard works at Anderson.
Ordered, That the Secretary's report be spread of record.
Ordered, That the Secretary shall present all documents to the Attorney-General and request his opinion as to the extent of our jurisdiction.
In regard to the strawboard pond at *Noblesville, is was
Ordered, That the Secretary shall make such recommendations to the strawboard people as in his information and experience might seem best.
*This Noblesville pond matter refers to the recommendations of the Secretary, that the Strawboard Company be requested to treat the great Noblesville pond with coal oil to kill the mosquito larvæ.
July, August and September, 1903.
OFFICE INDIANA STATE BOARD OF HEALTH, September 1, 1903.
Proceeded to consider the manuscript of the Book of Instructions.
Ordered, That the book be divided into parts.
Part II, arrangement was approved. The by-laws were consid ered and approved.
CONSIDERATION OF HEALTH RULES.
The preamble was first considered and approved, as follows:
INDIANA STATE BOARD OF HEALTH HEALTH RULES.
[Rules of the Indiana State Board of Health according to the Acts of 1899 and 1903 to prevent outbreaks and the spread of contagious and infectious diseases, the establishment of quarantine, for the government of subordinate Boards of Health and all health officers, and for the collection of vital statistics.]
Rule 1. County Health Officers shall collect the vital statistics of their county and keep all records at the county seat. Said records shall be a minute book, a record book for contagious and infectious diseases and one for marriages. They shall be according to the form prescribed by the State Board and shall be purchased by the county. The minute book shall be for recording the acts and orders of the County Board of Health, and the Quarterly Reports of the Secretary to his Board. The transcripts of deaths which will be sent to each county officer quarterly, from the State Board of Health, shall be carefully preserved and bound at the end of the year. County offcers are superior in their counties, and once each year in the third week in June, they shall inspect the books and the health work of their subordinates and make a written report of their inspections together with a report of their work for the preceding twelve months to the State Bo of Health, and said report shall be made by July 1st of each year.
Rule 2: City and Town Health Officers shall keep a minute book in which they shall record the acts of their boards and their own monthly reports and all accounts of their health work; they shall collect the vital statistics of their jurisdiction and supply themselves with record books in which to record deaths, births and infectious diseases. These record books shall be according to the form prescribed by the State Board of Health and shall be purchased by the respective cities and towns. City and town Health Officers shall make monthly reports to their respective Boards and be diligent in the matter of collecting vital statistics and in all public health work. They shall, by the 5th of each month, for the month preceding, send all death certificates in their possession to the State Board of Health, together with a monthly statement card in an official envelope, and they shall send to their county officers all certificates of births and contagious diseases, after making due record of them in the local record books. City and town health officers shall, in the first week in May of each year, make a sanitary survey of their respective jurisdictions, for the purpose of ascertaining the existence of conditions detrimental to the public health, including in such survey stagnant ponds, imperfect drainage, sewerage, pigsties, cesspools, and water closets and all unsanitary conditions, and the construction, heating, ventilation, plumbing and sewage disposal of all public buildings, prisons, hospitals and eleemosynary institutions, and shall make written report of their surveys with recommendations, if any, to their respective Boards.
Rule 3. County, City and Town Boards of Health shall, at all times, exercise supervision over the location, drainage, water supply, heating, ventilation, plumbing, and disposal of excreta of all schoolhouses and all public buildings within their jurisdiction. No sewer or other drain through which it is contemplated to dispose of sewage shall be constructed by any public officer or person
or corporation until the plans for such sewer shall have been submitted to and approved by the local Board of Health possessing jurisdiction of the territory in which such sewer or drain is proposed to be constructed. No schoolhouse or other public building shall be erected until the plans therefor have been submitted to, and the provisions for drainage, water supply, heating, ventilation, plumbing, and disposal of, etc., shall have been approved by the local Board of Health within whose jurisdiction such schoolhouse or other public building is proposed to be erected. Upon notification by any person it shall be the duty of the local Board of Health to examine into the location, drainage, water supply, heating, ventilation, plumbing, and disposal of excreta by any schoolhouse or other public building within its jurisdiction. If, in the judgment of such Board of Health, the location, drainage, water supply, heating, ventilation, plumbing, or disposal of excreta of any such schoolhouse or public building shall be so defective as to be detrimental to public health, it shall be the duty of the local Board of Health immediately to notify the proper officer having charge and control of such schoolhouse or public building of the nature of the existing defect, and of what should be done to correct the same, and it shall thereupon be the duty of the person or persons having charge and control of said schoolhouse or public building forthwith to cause such changes in the location, drainage, water supply, heating, ventilation, plumbing, or disposal of excreta as have been recommended by the local Board of Health to be made, and it shall be unlawful for such person or persons having authority over such schoolhouse or public building to permit the same to continue without making the change or changes recommended by the local Board of Health for a longer period than ten days from the time of the receipt by such person or persons of the order of the local Board of Health recommeniling such change or changes. An appeal may be taken in case of disagreement to the State Board of Health, and, pending such appeal, the order of the local board shall stand.
Rule 4. DEATHS. The physician in attendance at a death, or the householder, if no physician is in attendance, shall immediately make out a death certificate and see to it that said death cer