Mobile health unit ready to roll, town says

Supervisor John Rozell told the Town Board at its Nov. 17 meeting that the Hudson Headwaters’ mobile health unit had visited Whitehall and “everything is working great” in anticipation of starting service in late January.

“The Hudson Headwaters van came and hooked up; everything is working great! We had to upgrade the computer system and when they plugged into that they said it’s better than what they were getting at the office,” he said.

The van will be back in December for community members to see it. Rozell said he is hopeful this will help with the need for appointments for community members. The Whitehall Medical Center has already booked appointments into the new year.

“They will be coming back for publicity on Dec. 9, 10, 17, and Jan. 7. They plan on starting in late January. They’re happy to be here,” Rozell said.

Rozell said Rec Leader Genny Scott would be interested in helping community members who need help signing up for appointments with the van because anyone looking for an appointment with the van will need to be a Hudson Headwaters patient.

“She offered to help any elderly or those without a computer sign up,” he said.

Another topic for Rozell was his vote against the county budget, which he said is proposing a 3% increase for taxpayers. Rozell said he believes the county needs to find their money elsewhere.

“The county’s proposed 2022 budget is at a 3% increase and I am going to vote against that for several different reasons,” he said to the board.

“We work hard here for our taxpayers and there are different things in that budget that I don’t approve of. I am asking for your opinion.”

Rozell said the county has not had a budget workshop yet for the 2022 budget and believed the budget would be denied on Friday, Nov. 19 when it was presented, and it was.

Other topics of discussion was an update from the Rec Leader Scott, who has been planning for the coming holidays and approached the board with questions on how she should possibly plan something safe for the community.

“Last year we made everyone wait outside and then we would let the kids go in by family to see Santa and take pictures and grab presents,” she said. “I just wanted to know what you guys thought about us doing the same thing this year or if we should do something different. “

Scott has an idea of Christmas Bingo with a special guest at the end to go around and take pictures. She also mentioned that pre-Covid-19, there would be desserts with drinks as well as time given for kids to do some sort of activity.

“Unless something changes, I think we need to be very cautious,” Rozell said.

Rozell said he believed everything would work, but the employees are at risk. When Rozell asked Scott how many employees are vaccinated, she said two were as well as the special guest. It is still unknown if there will be a holiday celebration at the Rec Center.

Other business:

Streetlights were replaced at the Rec Center.

The water tank was fixed at the pavilion for a pressure issue.

There will be a Hat and Mitten Tree at the Rec Center through Christmas and will be donating what they receive to kids in the community.