Board of Health

2017 Board of Health
Olivia Voellmicke, President
Rajan Melwani, Vice President
Michael Goldberg
Joan Murray
Susan Tillsley
Vacant Member, Alternate #1
Vacant Member, Alternate #2

Council Liaison - Councilwoman Ann Swist
Alternate Council Liaison - Councilman Joseph F. Kelly
Secretary to Board of Health - Nancy Yarish


The Board of Health consists of five members of the community appointed by the Mayor and each serving a three year term. The Board of Health is charged with the responsibility and authority of protecting and enhancing the Public Health of the borough.  The Board may adopt such rules and regulations as by law it is permitted, authorized, or empowered to do and which shall, in its judgment, aid in the proper understanding and general enforcement of the public health code.

The Board of Health meets on the first Monday evening of alternate months beginning in January, commencing at 7:00 PM, in the municipal building, 480 DeKorte Drive, Franklin Lakes. In the event that one of these Monday evenings falls on a holiday, the meeting shall be held on the following Monday evening.

A Message From The Bergen County Department of Health Services

The Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders has authorized funds to promote mental health awareness, wellness and linkages to resources. The Bergen County Department of Health Services has been directed to utilize the funds specifically to provide direct assistance to consumers of community mental health services to promote his/her own individual wellness and recovery wherein his/her specific needs cannot be addressed by other sources. Click here for more information.

Bergen County Department of Health Services

In New Jersey, every municipality is required to be served by a local health department that meets the requirements of state public health laws and regulations. Bergen County Department of Health Services is recognized by the New Jersey Department of Health as the provider of the Borough of Franklin Lakes public health services.

Should you have questions about available public health services or concerns about health conditions within Franklin Lakes, please check the information on the Bergen County Department of Health Services website by clicking here.

One Bergen County Plaza • 4th Floor • Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076
Phone: 201-634-2600 • Fax: 201-336-6086 • Health & Safety Hotline: 201-225-7000

Lyme Disease

From the Board of Health
Sources predict that Lyme disease will be very common in the Northeast this year. New Jersey is in the danger zone, and multiple cases have already been reported. Now that warmer weather has begun, in addition to being on their guard, residents must also be aware of what to do in case they’ve been bitten. Because chronic Lyme disease has a long, varied list of symptoms common to other diseases, getting treatment as soon as possible is very important.

Click here for more information regarding ticks and Lyme disease.

From the Bergen County Department of Health Services: A Song to Raise Suicide Prevention Awareness

May is mental health month, so to raise awareness please share this with every student, co-worker, family member, neighbor and friend. Ask them to send it to all of their contacts. The message you forward may reach someone who needs to be reminded that suicide is never the answer. Help is available and there is hope for tomorrow.

Logic released the song "1-800-273-8255" to raise suicide prevention awareness. The release of Logic's new track "1-800-273-8255" with featured artists Alessia Cara and Khalid is breaking the airwaves right now. Released on April 28, the cut is from his newest album Everyday. The song, which shares the same name as the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, is emotionally charged and beautifully written. For anyone who has ever struggled with depression or is feeling down, take a listen to this inspirational piece and know that you are not alone. If you feel like you need to talk to someone, don't be afraid to ask for help!

Suicide Prevention Hotline

Crisis Text Line