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National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 20-26th. At the Tuesday, October 15th Committee-of-the-Whole meeting, Mayor Acri presented a Proclamation to K.J. Whitley, Lead Program Manager, on behalf of the Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Grant Program. For any lead questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to the City of Moline's Lead Program in the Community Development Department at (309)524-2044.
WHEREAS, lead exposure to children can result from multiple sources and can cause irreversible and life-long health effects; and
WHEREAS, more than 7,000 children of the 229,000 tested in the State of Illinois in 2017 had blood lead levels at the public health intervention level recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and
WHEREAS, lead is especially dangerous to children under the age of 6; and
WHEREAS, lead poisoning is preventable; the key is to keep children from coming into contact with lead; and
WHEREAS, there are simple steps that can be taken to protect all family members from lead based-paint hazards in the home; and
WHEREAS, education and awareness about the dangers of lead can help protect the lives of children living in Moline.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Stephanie Acri, Mayor of the City of Moline, Illinois, do hereby proclaim the week of October 20-26, 2019, as NATIONAL LEAD POISONING PREVENTION WEEK in the City of Moline, Illinois, and I urge all residents and City officials to observe this week with appropriate programs and activities designed to enhance public awareness of lead poisoning prevention and the ways that we can protect our families from lead poisoning.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the City of Moline, Illinois, to be affixed this Fifteenth day of October, the year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Nineteen.
Stephanie Acri, Mayor