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145A.03 ESTABLISHMENT AND ORGANIZATION.

Subdivision 1.Establishment; assignment of responsibilities.

(a) The governing body of a city or county must undertake the responsibilities of a board of health or establish a board of health and assign to it the powers and duties of a board of health.

(b) A city council may ask a county or joint powers board of health to undertake the responsibilities of a board of health for the city's jurisdiction.

(c) A county board or city council within the jurisdiction of a community health board operating under sections 145A.09 to 145A.131 is preempted from forming a board of health except as specified in section 145A.10, subdivision 2.

Subd. 2.Joint powers board of health.

Except as preempted under section 145A.10, subdivision 2, a county may establish a joint board of health by agreement with one or more contiguous counties, or a city may establish a joint board of health with one or more contiguous cities in the same county, or a city may establish a joint board of health with the county or counties within which it is located. The agreements must be established according to section 471.59.

Subd. 3.Withdrawal from joint powers board of health.

A county or city may withdraw from a joint powers board of health by resolution of its governing body not less than one year after the effective date of the initial joint powers agreement. The withdrawing county or city must notify the commissioner and the other parties to the agreement at least one year before the beginning of the calendar year in which withdrawal takes effect.

Subd. 4.Membership; duties of chair.

A board of health must have at least five members, one of whom must be elected by the members as chair and one as vice-chair. The chair, or in the chair's absence, the vice-chair, must preside at meetings of the board of health and sign or authorize an agent to sign contracts and other documents requiring signature on behalf of the board of health.

Subd. 5.Meetings.

A board of health must hold meetings at least twice a year and as determined by its rules of procedure. The board must adopt written procedures for transacting business and must keep a public record of its transactions, findings, and determinations. Members may receive a per diem plus travel and other eligible expenses while engaged in official duties.

Subd. 6.Duplicate licensing.

A local board of health must work with the commissioner of agriculture to eliminate duplicate licensing and inspection of grocery and convenience stores by no later than March 1, 1992.