Series D: Public health records. — 1928-1986. — 48 cm of textual records and architectural and technical drawings.

Series contains records of the Municipality of Argyle’s Board of Health and of the provincial Department of Public Health which worked together to ensure the public good health of the municipality. The series is arranged into three sub-series consisting of:

  • minutes
  • public health files indicating local public health concerns and the work done by the Board and the Department to address them
  • applications for sewage disposal installation permits and their associated documents

Title based on subject of the records contained in the series.

Sub-series 1: Board of health minutes and associated material. — 1963-1975. — 1 cm of textual records (1 folder).

Sub-series contains one folder of minutes of the Board of Health of the Municipality of Argyle from 1963-1975 with some accompanying material relevant to issues discussed at the meetings. During this period the Board of Health met only once a year.

Title based on contents of sub-series.

Minutes for the years 1976-1986 are filed with the general series of minutes: Series A, Sub-series 2.

Sub-series 2: Public health files. — 1932-1986. — 11 cm of textual records.

Sub-series consists of correspondence; public health nurse accounts and reports; sanitary inspection reports on the municipality’s poor farm and local restaurants, fast food outlets, campgrounds, schools and dumps; local food pricing surveys; polio vaccination clinic schedules; details of assistance provided to municipalities for the care of mentally ill patients; and reports on potential public health risks within the municipality.

Title based on contents of sub-series.

Of particular interest to social historians will be the reports of the sanitary health inspector on two houses in South Belleville in 1957 which he recommended be condemned due to their unsanitary conditions.

A sample file of inspection reports on eating establishments and other sites was retained for 1986 to indicate the number of inspections carried out annually within the municipality, as well as the specific items inspected by the Department of Health. Satisfactory inspection reports for other years were disposed of, while unsatisfactory reports were retained.

Sub-series 3: Sewage disposal system permits and associated material. — 1966-1974. — 36 cm of textual records and architectural and technical drawings.

Sub-series contains applications for sewage disposal installation permits, correspondence, inspection reports on the installation of septic tanks and maps of the proposed sewage installation site.

Title based on contents of sub-series.

The 1974 folder contains plans for a proposed extension to the Pubnico Medical Centre and other, undated, plans.
These records were deemed worthy of retention due to the drawings of local residences and buildings whose owners were applying for sewage disposal permits — such records are not readily available elsewhere. These drawings include both professionally drawn architectural blueprints and hand drawn not to scale sketches as well as others which meet neither of these two extremes.