WALLINGFORD — Nuisance complaints have increased, according to the town health department’s annual report.
Overall though, officials said, the town is on track with health programs and initiatives.
According to the recently-released report, the health department investigated 223 public health nuisance complaints in 2018, a 10 percent increase over 2017.
Nuisance complaints include reports of garbage, odors, dog feces, bed bugs, mold or rodents, and sanitary conditions at restaurants, groceries stores, hair and nail salons.
Of those 223 complaints, 10 percent were deemed health code violations and orders to comply were issued.
The department conducted 928 food service inspections, including 122 re-inspections.
Other inspections totaled 245, including hair salons, tattoo parlors, swimming pools, day cares, lead risks, septic permits and well permits.
Stephen Civitelli, health department director, said that his goals for the department this year include maintaining the quality and delivery of essential services and continuing to recruit for the Medical Reserve Corps.
The Medical Reserve Corps. consists of volunteers, both medical professionals and non-medical people, who help prepare for and respond to emergency events.
Civitelli, who was recently sworn in as a town deputy emergency manager, said the department will continue to work with community partners on initiatives in the Wallingford Health Improvement Plan, and continue to identify and solve health problems in town.
The plan, formerly called Healthy Wallingford 2020, seeks to engage residents in activities that promote a healthy lifestyle, including the Eat, Play, Unplug initiative.
“As the health problems of community change, so do we,” he said.“We are trying to get as many community partners involved with the community health plan. That is the foundation of how we do health outreach in the community.”
Trainings open to public this year are scheduled to include Narcan response, mental health first aid, active shooter and Until Help Arrives, which focuses on how to sustain life and be a first responder.
Civitelli said the department is finishing an application for a falls prevention grant and an annual public health preparation grant, awarded to towns on a per capita basis, from the state Department of Public Health.
He added that the department may pursue FDA grants, and is waiting to see what training will be offered for food inspectors.
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