Pepperell Board of Health

March 2, 2010 Meeting Minutes



Call to order:   The Pepperell Board of Health was called to order at 7:05 PM by Mr. Lambert

Members Present:         Robert Lambert Chairman, John Marriner Member

Members Absent:           Albert Buckley Member                                                                                                                

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

Guests Present:             Paul MacDonald Nashoba Publications, Tom Wilson 25 High St., Tessa David Mass Toss, Dwight Young 17 William St.

Minutes to be approved:   None

Topic of Discussion

Relevant Discussion

Action taken

Vote taken


Scheduled Appointment:


Tom Wilson landlord of

25 High St.



·         Health Agent Garbarz did a housing inspection on 11/16/09, and found violations, in addition it was determined there is lead paint in the house. A letter went out asking why Mr. Wilson why the violations have not been corrected within the time frame given by the BOH.

·         Mr. Wilson explained his brother was involved with this property originally. The tenants at the time made a complaint to the State about lead paint. The tenants have since moved. The property is vacant at this time and no work may be done on the inside of the house as the D.E.P. has brought charges against the landlord for illegally removing lead paint. Once the court settles these issues the landlords would like to turn the property into condominiums.

·         Health Agent Garbarz stated that Mr. Wilson needs an extension to renovate 25 High St.

·         Mr. Lambert suggested two months time would be sufficient.

·         Health Agent Garbarz suggested prior to the sale of the property, a week before they put it on the market she would do a re-inspection to close out the previous violations.














Mr. Marriner made a motion to extend his violation period to, two weeks before the sale of the condominiums, and/or 60 days after the State gives their final decision.


Mr. Lambert seconded it.


























A vote was taken.

All were in favor.






Scheduled Appointment:

Tessa David Mass Toss

















·         Ms. David explained that other surrounding towns have joined the regionalization of Mass Toss recycling.   She explained how beneficial it would be for the town of Pepperell to have access to drop off hazardous waste twice a month for 10 months. The collections will be the first Wednesday and first Saturday starting this fall located on Cook St., in Devens.  Capital investment to join would cost $14,027.00 then the annual is $3,740.00 but the first year would be significantly less since half of the year would have passed. The cost to each resident at the drop off center would be $60.00 for 25 gallons and $40.00 for 10 gallons, this money is used for the vendor to dispose of the hazardous waste. This program is beneficial for people who are down sizing there homes, moving, etc. They will have the ability to rid hazardous waste a lot more quickly.

·         The Board explained they are having a problem with the budget allocated for hazardous waste.

·         Having residents drive 20 minutes away and charging a fee for disposal residents may not like the idea.  .

·         Ms. David stated some towns are willing to subsidize the disposal fee for the residents.

·         The Board is in favor of the idea but would like the people have a say. Let them vote whether they want this or not.

·         Ms. David said would come and explain the program to the residents at the Town Meeting if the Board wanted her to. She said you may want to ear mark this current allocated budget 2010, for the hazardous waste day to be carried over to 2011 budget.

·         Health Agent Garbarz reminded the Board the warrant articles must be submitted by March 4, 2010.

·         Mr. Lambert suggested Ms. David make an appointment first thing in the morning to speak with the Town Administrator about what was discussed tonight.

·         Ms. Garbarz reiterated that the purpose of Ms. David’s meeting with the Town Administrator is to ask if the 2010 funds can be rolled over into the 2011 budget.

·         Ms. David will come back to the office on Wednesday after her meeting with the Town Administrator to let the Health Agent know what transpired at the meeting.

·         The Health Agent will be in from 8:00 to 10:00am

·         Mr. Lambert said it’s hard not having the secretary in the office to be of assistance to the public.




·         Ms. David agreed, so she will contact the Town Administrator and then speak to the Health Agent on Wednesday.





Scheduled Appointment:

Dwight Young

17 William St.




·         Mr. Young went to the sewer department and spoke to Mr. Richardson. There are 3 people who have sewerage on his street and they are all tied in to one abutter.

·         The Health Agent spoke to Mr. Richardson. Mr. Young can pursue sewer connection but Mr. Richardson will need a legal letter of intent and a recorded easement from the registry of deeds.  Mr. Young needs to approach a neighbor and get a legal letter of agreement for an easement to get over to Groton St., for a tie in. Once the easement is recorded at the registry Mr. Richardson can help Mr. Young go forward with sewer connection. The Health Agent thinks the BOH should give Mr. Young a time line to get an easement otherwise we’re going to pursue a Title 5.

·         Mr. Young will check with the Town Hall to find out who are his abutters and speak to them.

·         Health Agent Garbarz said this file has been on going since 2008. Thirty days should be sufficient to get back to the BOH.














Mr. Marriner made a motion to give Mr. Young 30 days in order to obtain an easement and get back to the BOH


Mr. Lambert seconded it.
















A vote was taken.

All were in favor.


·         Animal Inspector completed her barn inspections and passed in her hours for services.


·         Nissitissit Lane has 3 permits for new septic system.



Mr. Lambert signed the payroll.


The Board signed the permits.



Other Items:


·         Health Agent Garbarz stated once Tessa David speaks to the Town Administrator and comes to explain the outcome of the meeting she will get a Town warrant article written and call the BOH members to come review it and sign it.



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

Meeting was adjourned at 8:35 PM

Next Meeting: March 16, 2009

Respectfully submitted by:   Sandra Grogan


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  Robert Lambert, Chairman                   John Marriner                               Alfred Buckley