Pepperell Board of Health

April 6, 2010 Meeting Minutes



Call to order:   The Pepperell Board of Health was called to order at 7:00 PM by Mr. Lambert

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

Members Absent:                                                                                                                                                               

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

Guests Present:            

Minutes to be approved:   Mr. Marriner made a motion to accept the minutes of March 2, 2010 as is. Mr. Lambert seconded it. A vote was taken. All were in favor. Mr. Buckley made a motion to accept the minutes of March 16, 2010. Mr. Marriner seconded it. A vote was taken. All were in favor.

Topic of Discussion

Relevant Discussion

Action taken

Vote taken


Other Item:


2011 Budget



·         A discussion ensued about the 2011 budget regarding the need for increased hours for the secretary.

·         95% of files are in the BOH office.

·         Health Agent can focus on needy calls, the secretary can field other calls.

·         The Board feels increasing hours allows for greater public access.






 Old Business: A

120 Main St. Apt # 3





·         Health Agent Garbarz explained it has been post 30 days to make necessary correction of violations. She would like to write another letter if the Board approves.

·         The Board and the Health Agent agreed a letter should be mailed out with an additional time frame of 7 days to correct the violations and contact the Health Agent for a re-inspection.




Old Business: B

17 William St.



·         The owner called the BOH office today to update the Board that his attempt to connect to town sewer has been unsuccessful. His is in the process of getting in touch with a Title 5 inspector.

·         Health Agent Garbarz will send a letter to Mr. Young, to pursue a Title 5.






Old Business: C

Goals & Objectives update





·         The Health Agent explained the BOH has to have 2 goals. She suggested the first one is to maintain a regionalized BOH that will provide and enforce public health priorities. The second is to update the web-site make it user friendly for public access.

·         The Board is pleased with the goals and objectives. They gave her the go ahead to complete the project.




Business: A

Retaining permit fees



·         The Secretary updated the Board as to what permit fees NABH process to the BOH. Mobile home parks, Family campgrounds, and frozen desserts to the BOH

·         The Health Agent referred to the Mass. General Law that states you can’t charge over $10.00 for campground renewal license.

·         The Board members agree with the M.G.L. in charging $10.00 for a campground renewal license.






Mr. Marriner made a motion

to accept what the M.G.L. states regarding campground licensing fee of $10.


 Mr. Buckley seconded it







A vote was taken.

All were in favor.

Business: B

Mosquito Control Conference

·         To contract for mosquito spraying it would cost $30,000.00 for a contract.

·         The town has no money to support this.

·         Board members declined to attend.



Business: C

PHER Grant

·         Health Agent Garbarz related to the Board that she met with Ken Gikas of Region 2. He explained what other towns have been purchasing with the grant money.

·         It was suggested to purchase folding tables for the H1N1 clinic, signs to direct people, crowd control posts, vests, and cones plus additional hand sanitizer dispensers and refills.

·         The Board would like these items ordered.



Business: D
H1N1 Clinic

·         The Health Agent informed the Board she spoke to the town moderator and asked about having a clinic before the Town meeting begins. He thought it would be fine. NABH will be in charge of the clinic, an advertisement will go into the newspaper.

·         On April 16, 2010 there will be a meeting with the Police Chief, Ken Gikas Region 2, George Ux Emergency Management, and the BOH Health Agent. If any Board member would like to attend the meeting they are welcome to attend.



New Business:

40 Lawrence St.

·         A log cabin once existed on this property, it burned down and now there is a trailer resides on the property.

·         The Health Agent wondering if it is tied into the current system.



·         Mr. Buckley said he has driven by that property and sewer is connected to the septic system. No sewerage is going into the ground.



New Business:

Heald St.




Residential Kitchen:

·         The Health Agent received an anonymous phone call regarding this property. A site visit was performed and many violations were found. Agent Garbarz would like to have the Board’s guidance.

·         The Board suggested she should contact the owner about the complaints.


·         The Health Agent explained that currently Pepperell has 2 possible working residential kitchens with one additional one once the application has been received.



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 8:50PM

Next Meeting: May 4, 2010

Respectfully submitted by:   Sandra Grogan


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  Robert Lambert, Chairman                   John Marriner                               Alfred Buckley