Meeting of the Pepperell Board of Health

June 11, 2008


Call to order:               The meeting was called to order at 6:59p.m.

Members Present:         Myra Cacace Chairperson, Peter Cronin, Mark Walsh

Members Absent:         Sandra Grogan, Board Secretary

Staff Present:                Ellen Castellano, RN Public Health Nurse, Robert Lambert

Guests Present: Kenneth Gikas, Fran Strimenos, Don Erikson, Marcia Zaniboni

Minutes Approved:    

            Topic of Discussion

Relevant Discussion

Action taken

Vote taken

Appointment: 7:10pm

 Ken Gikas, Region II










·         Mr. Gikas discussed the phases involved if the community of Pepperell were ever affected by a pandemic flu, or bioterrorism. He explained who would be in charge of the disaster, where inoculations for the public would be distributed. Mobile Stick Teams would be sent out to residents 70 and over who cannot get out of their homes to receive their vaccine.


·         The mutual agreement D.P.H. Region II and the Town of Pepperell must be signed before the BOH can enter into the agreement.


The Board informed Mr. Gikas, that Mrs. Castellano the Town Nurse will be the contact representative and Mrs. Grogan will disseminate the information to all involved.


Appointment: 7:45pm

Mrs. Strimenos,

Pepperell Sky Diving Club

·         Mrs. Strimenos appeared before the Board in order to request approval for a variance for campground.

The Board in favor with the condition of State approval.


New Business:

Nashoba Nursing Contract







  • The Board received a letter stating Nashoba Nursing is unable to renew the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Pepperell Board of Health.
  • Mrs. Castellano voiced concern about losing Nashoba Nursing, since they provide coverage in her absence and other vital services to the citizens of Pepperell


Mrs. Cacace explained that the wrong MOU was inadvertently sent to Nashoba Nursing Service.


 Mrs. Cacace will contact Nashoba Nursing , and hopes to negotiate a MOU agreeable to both parties.


Report of the Town Public Health Nurse

Flu Vaccine Administration Payments from Medicare


·         Medicare returned billing forms again because the BOH no longer has a valid Medicare provider number.  Mrs. Castellano is doing the necessary paperwork to correct this problem.

·         Mrs. Castellano also voiced concern about not posting the Health Agent position while posting a temporary position for a Restaurant/Food inspector.






Mrs. Cacace explained that the BOH budget calls for an hourly rather than a salary position.  Mr. Robert Hanson states that the BOH must wait for approval from the Town Personnel Board to move forward on the job posting for the Health Agent.


Staff Report

Animal Inspector, Robin Hebert



Mr. Robert Lambert


·         Mrs. Grogan informed the Board that she contacted Nashoba Valley Medical Centers Emergency Room Director, and asked to have any animal bite reports faxed immediately to the Animal Inspector so she can respond in a timely manner.

·         Mrs. Lambert informed the Board of an outside wood burning stove creating a great amount of smoke. He and the Fire Chief went to investigate the complaint and found very little smoke. Mr. Lambert left regulations about outside wood burning stoves with the homeowner.









The Board thanked Mr. Lambert for taking care of the problem.



Executive Session

·         Mrs. Cacace stated at this time I want to make a motion to go into executive session for the purpose of considering interviewing an applicant for employment, since discussion about this in open meeting will possibly have a detrimental effect in obtaining a qualified applicant and to discuss the reputation and character of an individual. This individual has been duly notified about my intentions to enter into executive session and has waived her right to be present at this executive session. The Board will not reconvene again in open session this evening.



Roll call vote:

Mr. Cronin, yes

Mr. Walsh, yes

Mrs. Cacace, yes



The Board signed bill warrants and permits.



The meeting was adjourned for open session at 8:38pm

Next Meeting:  June 18, 2008

Respectfully submitted by:   Sandra Grogan




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Myra Cacace, Chair                                          Peter Cronin                                         Mark Walsh