Pepperell Board of Health

April 14, 2010 Meeting Minutes

Annex Building



Call to order: The Pepperell Board of Health (BOH) was called to order at 8:30 AM by Mr. Lambert

Members Present: Robert (Bob) Lambert Chairman, John Marriner Member, Alfred (Al) Buckley Member

Members Absent:                                                                                                                                                               

Staff Present: Kalene Garbarz RS, Health Agent

Guests Present:            

Minutes to be approved:  

Topic of Discussion

Relevant Discussion

Action taken

Vote taken




Secretary Hours









BOH trailer




























Hazardous Waste













PHER Grant










BOH Budget





















Secretary position




·         Bob spoke with FinComm about the 15 proposed hours for the BOH secretary’s office hours

·         John questioned the idea of a shared position for the secretary with other departments

·         Bob responded that each secretary is specific to their designated area

·         John rethought the idea, and decided it may create some animosity



·         John had heard that the there could be a possibility of the BOH trailer closing

·         Bob replied that it is a possibility and the BOH may be moved into Conference Room C at the Town Hall

·         Kalene eluded to the fact that the bottom line is the operating costs for the trailer

·         John asked what would happen to all the existing files in the trailer

·         Bob responded that the files may remain in the trailer, and at that point the trailer would serve as storage



·         Bob visited the idea of what could happen if the BOH secretary were to leave, further he says we will have to pursue another avenue; if necessary

·         He further mentions that the FinComm and the Selectman agree that if 15 hours don’t work, then in October the idea of possibly increasing the hours may be addressed again

·         John questions all the cuts for the town as a hole, and states that even though every department is cutting, they still wont be caught up

·         Bob mentions that the BOH budget is small compared to other departments; however it is still required by law to maintain a BOH



·         John questioned about the Hazardous Waste (HZ) update

·         Al said he would like to see the HW remain in town and that he would like to see a charge per car load, perhaps $20.00

·         Bob asked if we could look to surrounding towns and see what they were charging per car load

·         Kalene states that most of the surrounding towns have joined MassToss

·         John made a comment that he wants to reiterate that if a car shows up three (3) times, then that car will be charged $20.00 three times, again its $20.00 PER CARLOAD and if a check is to be submitted the check shall be made out to: Town of Pepperell



·         Bob said he would like to update everyone about the PHER grant money invoice

·                   -- Board reviews invoice –

·         Bob mentions that some of the items have already been ordered, and that if there are to be any further purchases to mention something now

·                  --  No comments –



·         John questions the BOH cuts made to the budget

·         Bob explains the BOH budget compared to other departments is small, and that everyone is enduring cuts

·         John questions if the trailer is part of the budget for the BOH

·         Bob responds that the BOH is not responsible for the operating costs of the trailer

·         Kalene mentions that over the past few years the BOH budget had been slashed dramatically, mentions a quick overview of the budget

·         John questions the BOH budget and asks for someone to verify the $81K amount

·         Bob confirms the BOH budget at $81K and mentions that Nashoba Associated Boards of Health (NABH) assessment has dropped as well, not services

·         Kalene mentions that cuts are made because NABH’s assessment lowered and erroneous costs that had to be re-evaluated 

·         Bob states that we do not have to stand before the towns people at town meeting and the budget is at $81K



·         John brought up the idea again about possibly having a dual secretary position

·         Bob says we can revisit the idea again before Town Meeting

·         Al mentions that it would have to be an agreement between both departments

·         Kalene questions Sue’s role as a Fire and Building secretary

·         Bob says she has been doing that job for a very long time



·         Bob asks if we can put together a letter to the Fire Dept., to thank them for their role in the Rabies Clinic and for past help as well; It is greatly appreciated

·                    -- Board agrees –































Mr. Lambert made a motion to affirm that 15 hours is adequate for the secretarial position at the BOH.

Mr. Marriner seconded it.







Mr. Buckley made a motion to charge $20.00 per car load (trunkload).

Mr. Marriner seconded it.
















































Mr. Marriner made a motion adjourn the meeting.

Mr. Buckley seconded it.






























A vote was taken.

All were in favor.










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. Buckley seconded it. A vote was taken. All were in favor.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:35 AM

Respectfully submitted by: Kalene Garbarz


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  Robert Lambert, Chairperson               John Marriner                               Alfred Buckley