Pepperell Board of Health

April 28, 2009 Meeting Minutes



Call to order:               The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

Members Present:         John Marriner, Robert J. Lambert

Members Absent:       Scott Butcher, Chairperson

Staff Members:          Ellen Castellano, Public Health Nurse, Kevin Ritchie, P.E. Title Engineer,    Robin Hebert, Animal Inspector,                                                                                                                                                                          

Staff Present:              Sandra Grogan, Board Secretary

Guests Present: Christina Doucette, The Gypsy Café


Minutes to be approved:   None

Topic of Discussion

Relevant Discussion

Action taken

Vote taken



Old Business:  A


Little League Concession Stand





·         Mr. Marriner feels the Board should grant the Little League Concession Stand a temporary food permit so they can serve pre-package food at the ballgames, at no fee since they are non-profit.

·         Mr. Lambert agrees but would like to stipulate the Food Inspector do an inspection once he/she is hired.



Mr. Lambert makes a motion to give the Little League a permit and do a follow up later on at no fee.

Mr. Marriner seconded the motion.




A vote was taken.

All were in favor.


Old Business: B

The Gypsy Cafe












Business: A

Discuss the Board of Health








·       The application for Gypsy Café was received on

April 14, 2009. The Board of Health has 30 days to inspect a facility from the time an application is received. The owners wanted to open on April 20, 2009. This did not happen. It is difficult to inspect an un-opened new facility until they fire up the grills and produce food. We need to grant them a temporary food establishment permit in order that they can conduct business. Once someone is hired as the part-time food inspector they will do a full inspection.












·       Mr. Marriner expressed his thoughts about not re-organizing the Board until all three Board members are present.

·       Mr. Lambert said any real major issues I would wait for all three Board members.

·       Mr. Marriner feels when one of the Board members are missing from the meeting decisions should be delayed unless there is something vital. Re-organizing the Board of Health, to select a Chairperson, should be discussed when all three members are present.

·       Mr. Lambert agrees.




Mr. Marriner would like to make a motion to give them a 10 day temporary permit and have it inspected it while they are operating.


Mr. Lambert seconded the motion.


Mr. Lambert asked to make an amendment to change the 10 day permit to a 14 day temporary permit.


Mr. Marriner seconded the motion.








A vote was taken.

All in favor.



A vote was taken to amend the temporary permit for the Gypsy Café.


All were in favor.


Other Items:

Swine Flu



Other Item:

Tenant/Landlord Issue


·         Mr. Marriner asked about the Board of Health and the Swine Flu.

·         Mr. Lambert said brochures are ready to be made up and will be dispersed at different locations in Pepperell if Mr. Marriner approves the brochure in the packet.

·         Mr. Lambert explained a housing complaint that he was handling as Health Inspector prior to becoming a Board member. The tenant has cats and the odor of the cats permeates into other apartments. The owner of the apartment complex thought this situation could raise a health issue for the tenant and wanted the Board of Health to talk to the tenant. Mr. Lambert said other organizations are helping out the tenant in other areas of her life.

·         Mr. Marriner responded by saying the older you get and less relatives you have you go to pets as family members. To get rid them is not an easy thing. The Board of Health is not saying to get rid of cats, but the tenant has to keep the place clean.

·         Mr. Marriner asked about the interview of candidates for the part-time Food Inspector.

·         Mr. Lambert said the Board had interviewed a couple of candidates who are interested in the position.

·         Mr. Lambert said one the candidates wanted $45.00 per hour.  The budget will allow for $27.00 per hour.

·         Mr. Marriner was surprised to hear that as an hourly rate. He asked if the other candidate that was interviewed was from Pepperell.

·         Mr. Lambert confirmed this and said he was qualified to do Food inspections.

·         Mr. Marriner wanted to know how much this person wanted per hour.


·         Mr. Lambert said he didn’t give a dollar amount and when asked if he would accept the $27.00, he said yes.






Bill Warrants/Permits

·         The little league Concession Food Stand was signed as a temporary permit. Gypsy Café food permit will be signed on Wednesday May 20, 2009 as a fourteen day temporary food permit. Upon hiring a part-time Food Inspector the Gypsy Café will have a full inspection.


Mr. Marriner and Mr. Lambert signed permits.



Mr. Marriner made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Lambert seconded. All were in favor.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:35pm

Next Meeting:  May 19, 2009

Respectfully submitted by:   Sandra Grogan


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  Scott Butcher, Chairperson                  John Marriner                               Robert J. Lambert