The 16-member Kent County Lead Poisoning task force continues to meet to investigate ways in which the County can work towards elimination of lead poisoning
A Steering Committee was formed to help guide the work of the Get the Lead Out! Collaborative following the group's meeting in January. The Steering Committee has met twice since then and is working toward a larger, more impactful gathering in the future.
The State of Michigan announced in November that it would be receiving a Medicaid waiver allowing it to spend nearly $24 million a year for the next five years on fixing lead hazards in homes. To be eligible, the home must be occupied by a Medicaid enrolled child with an elevated blood lead level. However, dollars can be used for primary prevention in the City of Flint and in other "target communities" to be identified by the State. Get the Lead Out! partners in Grand Rapids are working to bring those dollars to Kent County.
While much of the media coverage about the Flint water crisis has died down, there is much activity in Lansing in regards to childhood lead poisoning. Most notable at this time is the Governor's request for $2 million in funding for the newly formed Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission. This request is working its way through the legislature, with the House and the Senate both offering different perspectives. There are also six bills that have been introduced to address lead exposure.
Late last year, the Kent County Board of Commissioners appointed a 16 member task force to investigate ways in which the County can work towards elimination of lead poisoning. That task force has been meeting monthly since January, taking testimony from a variety of subject matter experts.
Governor Snyder appointed Paul Haan, Executive Director of the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, to the newly formed Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission created by Executive Order today. The Commission will advance the work completed by a temporary board appointed in 2016. Haan and Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss served on the former board that issued a set of recommendations in November 2016.
Four experts in the area of lead poisoning provided detailed presentations to the Kent County Lead Task Force on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Board Chair Jim Saalfeld formed the Lead Task Force in September 2016 to investigate the issue and seek solutions to lead poisoning in children. Healthy Homes Coalition Executive Director Paul Haan serves on the task force.
The RPOA provides certified EPA Renovation, Repair & Painting (RRP) training for landlords and contractors. Any landlord, painting contractor, electrician, plumber, etc. that remodels or repairs residential property involving or disturbing painted surfaces greater than 6 sq. ft. inside or 20 sq. ft. outside of a home built before 1978 must be certified as both an EPA Certified Renovator and EPA Certified Firm to do the work and avoid fines of up to $37,500 per incident. The RPOA has provided this training for over 770 contractors and landlords.
Dates for Upcoming Classes:
Thursday, April 2nd from 8:00am-5:00pm (held at Fricano Place, 1050 W. Western, Muskegon MI 49441)
Thursday, April 30th from 8:00am-5:00pm
Thursday, May 28th from 8:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday, June 17th from 8:00am-5:00pm
Unless stated otherwise, all classes are held at the Rental Property Owners Association at 1459 Michigan Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503
Cost for Get the Lead Out! Participants: $110.00
Cost for RPOA Members: $130.00
Cost for non-members: $150.00
Price Change Effective May 1st
Cost for RPOA Memebrs/Get the Lead Out! Participants: $150.00
Cost for non-members: $170.00
To register, contact the Rental Property Owners Association at (616) 454-3385