Pepperell Board of Health

October 06, 2009 Meeting Minutes



Call to order:†† †††††††††††Mr. Lambert called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.

Members Present:†††††††† Robert Lambert Chairman, John Marriner, Member Alfred Buckley, Member

Members Absent:†††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Staff Present:††††††††††††† Kalene Garbarz RS, Health Agent, Sandra Grogan, Board Secretary,

Guests Present: Paul McDonald, Nashoba Publications,

Minutes to be approved:†† Mr. Marriner made a motion to accept the August 27, 2009 minutes as written. Mr. Buckley seconded it. ††Mr. Marriner made a motion to accept the minutes for September 15, 2009. Mr. Buckley seconded it. A vote was taken. All were in favor.

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Topic of Discussion

Relevant Discussion

Action taken

Vote taken



Business: A

Annex Building





         Mr. Lambert asked Mrs. Grogan to explain what happened when a representative from Massachusetts Department of Occupational Health and Safety came out to the Annex building about three months ago. They came out to look at the inside of the building for possible health hazards after receiving an anonymous call of possible health hazards. After walk through she said she would let Mr. Hanson know of her findings. Mr. Lambert asked about the results. I informed him that I had not heard or seen any written results. Mr. Lambert asked me to call for a copy of the results of the inspection. The representative said she had not written up a report. She did however, hear how hoarse my voice was and said she could come out the next day. She called the following day to explain she was unable to make it. She said perhaps in a couple of weeks she could come out.




Business: B

Composting Facility

47 Nashua Rd.





Business: C

H1N1 Update












Old Business:

Red Cross








Old Business:


Regional Hazardous Waste Collection.






Old Business:


Regional Hazardous Waste Collection




























































116 Townsend St.




Staff Report:

Health Agent Activity report.





         The Health Agent and the Secretary drafted up a memo for the Board, they have had a Composting Facility on 47 Nashua Rd., since the mid 80ís, and I believe the permit is renewed by annually and it falls under the Board of Health jurisdiction. As the Health Agent, I am asking the Board to sign the renewal form.






         Mr. Lambert attended the Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, he informed the other members of the meeting. Mr. Lambert said they have a tentative date but canít give an exact date for the H1N1 clinics.

         Mr. Lambert informed the other members he will be at the flu clinic on Wednesday October 7, 2009 along with the Secretary. The firefighters are getting the flu shot tonight by the Nashoba Nurse.

         The Health Agent said the seasonal flu clinic is taking place and as for the H1N1 shot it is being shipped as we speak, and the date is being discussed.

         Mr. Marriner asked if someone calls in two weeks about getting a flu shot, what we tell them.

         The Health Agent said the next flu clinic is scheduled for October 21, 2009, in Pepperell. If you canít make to that one you may attend one of the 15 member townís flu clinics.




         Mr. Lambert explained the Board received a letter from the Red Cross asking the Board to be the responsible department to coordinate things for future blood drives. None of the BOH in other towns get involved with the blood drive explained Mr. Lambert. Would like to table this time.

         Mr. Marriner said it is his understanding that there are two distinct host groups. A host can be anybody and if you sponsor it you have to provide volunteer help.

         Mr. Lambert said we would need one town employee to be at the Senior Center where the blood drive takes place.

         Mr. Marriner said yes if we agree with it.

         Mr. Lambert said this is why he would like to table it for now.



         Mr. Lambert discussed the pros and cons to regionalizing the Hazardous Household Waste Collection with Mass. Toss of Devens. The last meeting Mr. Lambert attended at Devens, regarding possible options for the Town of Pepperell was to join, at that time it was a one time figure of $13,000.00 just to enter into the agreement.





         The Pepperell Board of Health would have an annual amount to contribute as a member. He explained in the previous budget $12,500.00 was allocated to run the program .In the current budget that figure has been reduced. Mr. Lambert suggested that Pepperell could charge a fee to dispose of the hazardous waste.

         Mr. Marriner said being the devilís advocate he said Iím Mr. Homeowner; itís much easier to throw my stuff into the brush along the side of the road instead of paying a fee

         Mr. Buckley said people donít see money when itís taken out of there taxes, they do see it when they have to take out of their pockets.

         Mr. Lambert said we have until spring to decide.

         Mr. Marriner asked if there is any merit to saying no fee for the first 20 lbs, anything over that you could be charged a fee. If a person has a garage full of god forsaken stuff he is going to pay for it. If the guy next door has a bottle of 2/14 he can get rid of it for free.

         Mr. Buckley said the problem with that is you have 20 lbs and someone else only has 10 lbs, and then you have to weigh it someway. Then you create a situation.

         Mr. Lambert said the person in charge looks into the vehicle and knows if you have a half or a full load to drop off. †

         Mr. Marriner wants to minimize stuff being tossed along the side of the road.

         Mr. Buckley asked how many cars came last year.

         Mrs. Grogan said 224 vehicles.

         Mr. Buckley asked how you make $4,000.00 for 224 cars that drop things off.

         Mr. Lambert said we had a pick up truck come in a couple of years ago and it was loaded with at least 150 lbs. of hazardous fertilizer. By law we have no limit in telling people how much they can bring.

         Mr. MacDonald said what if I had a can of W-D forty I just may throw it into the trunk of another car who has more to drop off.










         Mr. Marriner said lets carry this scenario a little further, what if someone tosses it into the brush and a town employee who mows the grass hits this can and gets sick or hurt. The townspeople would have to pay for his hospitalization and possible retirement.

         Mr. Buckley said if you have 200 cars at a half of car load charging them $28.00 for the fee, this amounts to $3,600.00.

         Mr. Marriner asked where the $4,000.00 comes from.

         Mr. Lambert said if you charged them a full car load of $48.00 you would bring in $7,600.00.

         Mr. Marriner asked what our goal here is. Our goal isnít to raise money; our job is to protect the people.

         Mrs. Grogan mentioned a possibility of creating a revolving account with the Town accountantís approval. This may help to increase the budget for future hazardous waste days.

         Mr. Marriner thinks itís a great idea but he doesnít think anyone at the Town Hall will approve it.

         Mr. Lambert asked why other towns are doing this.

         Mr. Buckley asked if these other towns got an increase, decrease, or an average turnout when they started charging a fee for people dropping off things.

         Mr. Lambert said last Saturday Lunenburg highway department held a hazardous waste day and it was mobbed. He suggested calling surrounding towns and see if they charge a fee for disposal. I would like to talk to these other towns before we make a decision on this.

         Mr. Marriner said the boy scouts clean the sides of the road. What happens if they pick up something up that should have been disposed of properly, but because people donít want to pay a disposal fee they toss it out the car window? Mr. Lambert asked Mrs. Grogan if she could call some of these other towns to see if they charge a fee.

         The Health Agent suggested the Board table the discussion on Hazardous Waste collection and sign the permit then adjourns the meeting.












         The Health Agent reviewed the permit for a new septic system. It has been paid for. Ití ready to be signed by the Board if they wish to.





         Mr. Lambert made the comment that the report is for inspections, for the Pepperell Board of Health.

         Mr. Marriner wanted to know if this report is just for Pepperell or does every Sanitarian do this for every town.

         The Health Agent said the computer is specifically set up for Pepperell but it could be done in all the towns.

         Mr. Marriner asked if Jim Garreffi took a look at this could he say we are not charging enough for Pepperell.

         The Health Agent said she couldnít answer that.

         Mr. Buckley said he knows what Mr. Marriner is getting at. This report is telling what is getting done in Pepperell where does it weigh on the nickel and dime scale.

         Mr. Marriner said he if were on the other end, and I saw Pepperell is taking twice as many complaints as everybody else they would be charged twice as much.

         Mr. Marriner said next years contact could go up. How can we minimize this report for her? How do we make it easier for you to do your job thereby saving the Town of Pepperell possible an increase?

         The Health Agent said she deal with the money part.

         We are paying Nashoba Associated Boards of Health for environmental and nursing services to the Town of Pepperell.





Mr. Buckley made a motion to accept the extension of the permit.


Mr. Marriner seconded it





































Mr. Buckley made a motion to table the discussion of the blood drive letter until a later time.

Mr. Marriner seconded it.











































































































The Board signed the permit for 116 Townsend St.

































A vote was taken.

All were in favor.


The letter was signed.





































A vote was taken

All were in favor.











































































































































Mr. Marriner made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Buckley seconded it. A vote was taken. All were in favor.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:45 PM

Next Meeting: †October 27, 2009

Respectfully submitted by:†† Sandra Grogan



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† Robert Lambert, Chairman†††††† ††††††††††† John Marriner†† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† †† †Alfred Buckley