Pepperell Board of Health

May 19, 2009 Meeting Minutes



Call to order:               The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.

Members Present:         John Marriner, Robert J. Lambert

Members Absent:                                                                                                                                                              

Staff Present:              Sandra Grogan, Board Secretary

Guests Present:


Minutes to be approved:   April 7, & April 28, 2009 and May 6, 2009 accepted.

Topic of Discussion

Relevant Discussion

Action taken

Vote taken



Scheduled Appointment:  7:10


Fran Strimenos

Pepperell Skydiving Center




·         Ms. Strimenos could not make the meeting. She had Paula Philbrook, Vice-President for Pepperell Skydiving come in her behalf. Ms. Strimenos is requesting variances from 105 CMR 440.000 Minimum Standards for Developed Family Type Campgrounds for Pepperell Skydiving Center. The Skydiving Center is requesting waiver from the requirements to (440.007) and (440.10(2) (a-e) as this would be putting great financial constraints upon the owner.

·         Mr. Lambert, explained when he was the Health Inspector he did an inspection at the grounds and trailers. He said everything was clean and looked pretty good.

·         Mr. Lambert asked if more porta potties were delivered.

·         Ms. Philbrook was not sure. She did say they have up to a certain date to order the potties.

·         Mrs. Grogan explained once the Board approves the variance request she will forward the letter to Department of Public Health Director Division of Community Sanitation for any modifications.  Once approved by DPH a permit can be signed by the Board.












Mr. Lambert made a motion to accept the variance request for Pepperell Skydiving Center.


Mr. Marriner seconded the motion.











A Vote was taken.

All were in favor.



Old Business: A

Well drinking Water




Well Drinking Water




·         Mr. Lambert agreed with past Boards decision to treat arsenic in private wells by installing a filtration system at the point of entry.




·         Mr. Marriner said it has to be at the entry of the house not at the sink or anywhere else. So if you drink out of a garden hose it has already been treated.



Mr. Lambert makes a motion to leave the filtration system at the point of entry as the pervious Boards, had voted on.





Mr. Marriner seconded the motion.






A vote was taken.

All were in favor.




The Gypsy Café full year permit was signed.


·         Mr. Marriner wanted to know if the Grange Hall has passed in a serv-safe certificate with the food application permit.

·         Mrs. Grogan responded by saying no. They were exempt from having to have a serv-safe certificate.

·         Mr. Marriner asked if there is a place on the application to put the serv-safe operators name on it.

·         The previous Board had already issued the Grange Hall two temporary food permits without anyone being certified.

·         Mrs. Grogan explained that previous Board member Mrs. Malouin had brought up the food code and read a part of it. It exempted the Grange Hall from having to have a serv-safe certificate holder as they are a non-profit temporary food establishment.

·          Mr. Lambert remembered at one of the previous meeting when Mrs. Malouin was on the Board and made a motion to give the Grange Hall a permit.

·         Mr. Marriner would like to look into this for further review. We still need to know the laws. We need to enforce the rules evenly across the Board irrespectively whether it’s the Grange or someone else.







Mr. Lambert made a motion to accept Prescott Grange Hall permit.

Mr. Marriner seconded the motion.





A vote was taken.

All were in favor.

Bill Warrants:

·         One bill warrant is for the Town Nurse


·         One bill for BOH

Board signed warrants.


Other Items:









Other Items:



Board Seat





6 Jewett St.


·         Mr. Marriner would like to table the survey form from MABOH until he has opportunity to read it.

·         Mr. Marriner said he would like to table the Worcester Medical Reserve Corp. form until he talks to George Ux and or Ellen to see either know anything about it.

·         Mr. Lambert told Mr. Marriner that the other form was given to the former Chairperson to fill out. It is a survey about local Boards of Health’s budgets.

·         Mr. Marriner said lets fill it out and send it in.

·         Mrs. Grogan asked the Board if they wanted her to fill it out.



·         Mr. Marriner said he would come into the office and look at the form.


·         Mr. Marriner asked where the Board stood as far as the third Board member. He wanted to if the vacant seat has to be posted.

·         Mr. Lambert said he will see about getting it posted.




·         Mr. Ritchie read the ZBA request for Jewett street.  Since the property has town sewage he didn’t see any need for the BOH to comment.

·         Mr. Marriner would like a letter to be written with no comment.




Mr. Marriner makes a motion to fill out the survey and send it in.




Mr. Lambert seconded the motion.













Mr. Lambert made a motion to have a letter written with no comment regarding the 6 Jewett St. request for an accessory apartment.


Mr. Marriner seconded the motion.




A vote was taken.

All were in favor.




















A vote was taken.

All were in favor.


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


Meeting was adjourned at 8:00pm


Next Meeting June 2, 2009


Respectfully submitted by:   Sandra Grogan




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  John Marriner                                                        Robert J. Lambert