The Charter of the Town of Milton empowers the Mayor with the authority to appoint a Board of Health. The appointment is made at the annual meeting of the Town Council and must be affirmed by the advice and consent of a majority of the members of Town Council. The Charter says:
The Board of Health shall consist of no less than four (4) or more than six (6) members. The Board shall be appointed by the Mayor of The Town of Milton with the advice and consent of a majority of the members of the Town Council, at the Annual Meeting, following the annual Town election of Council members, as herein before provided, and shall serve for three (3) years or until their successors are duly appointed and qualified. Members of the Board of Health must have their primary residence — or in the case of a medical or scientific professional, the site of their professional practice — within the town limits of the Town of Milton. The Board of Health shall have cognizance of and interest in the life and health of the people of the Town, including oversight of air, water and land quality, and shall inform the Mayor, Town Manager, and Town Council of necessary measures to be taken to protect public health. The Board shall report to the Town Council quarterly, in writing, on whatever is deemed by the Board to be potentially injurious to the health of the people of the Town, and shall make recommendations to the Town Council concerning whatever actions the Town should take to contribute to the health of the citizens and the sanitation of The Town of Milton. The Board of Health shall organize the election of a Chair and a Secretary from within Board membership within ten (10) days after notice of their appointment and shall keep a record of their proceedings and acts. The Chair shall be the executive officer of the Board.
The Board of Health shall make recommendations to the Town Council regarding the adoption of ordinances relating to the health of the population of the Town, or to prevent the introduction or spread of infectious or contagious diseases or nuisances, or to mitigate against environmental contamination. Such ordinances adopted by the Town Council shall extend to an area outside the Town limits for a distance of one (1) mile.
The State of Delaware, through the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the divisions or agencies therein have made the purpose of this municipal board redundant. As such, there has been no appointment or meeting of a Town of Milton Board of Health during the current administration. Please contact Town Hall if you wish to review archives of this Board.