Environmental Health Specialist (Formerly Sanitarian)
Information and Services provided by Environmental Health
Public Health Nuisances
The procedure for handling public health nuisance complaints is as follows:
Upon receiving a complaint a determination will be made as to whether the problem constitutes a “public health nuisance”.
The following are not public health nuisances:
The following are examples of public health nuisances:
This determination will be made by the environmental health specialist and/or board of health, and will normally involve a visit to the site as part of the investigation.
If it is determined that there is a “public health nuisance” present the next step will be contacting the responsible party of the hazardous conditions and give reasoning why the conditions present a hazard to public health/safety and request a timely response to abate the hazards.
If no response is received, a more detailed request in writing will be sent out outlining the observations and reasons why the conditions are considered to be a threat to the public’s / community’s health.
If there is still no response the matter will be turned over to the Hancock County Attorney.
If you would like to report a “public health nuisance”, you may click on the link below for a nuisance complaint form.
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