Pepperell Board of Health

August 17, 2010

Meeting Minutes

Town Hall Conference Room A



Call to order:   The Pepperell Board of Health was called to order at 7:00 PM by Mr. Lambert. He informed all present the meeting was being recorded.

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

Members Absent:                                                                                                                                                               

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

Guests Present:        Paul MacDonald, Nashua Publishing, Greta Donahue, 43 Park St.

Minutes to be approved:   Mr. Marriner made a motion to accept the minutes of August 3, 2010 as written.

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

Topic of Discussion

Relevant Discussion

Action taken

Vote taken


Old Business:

131 Lowell Rd.





























Old Business:

133 Brookline St.







Old Business:

120 Main St.





New Business:

43 Park St.





















































New Business:

10 Yale St.

















New Business:

Region II – Trailer














New Business:

Office hours



·         The Health Agent updated the Board members, of an ongoing situation in regards to this property. “This property has twenty-five violations, another letter was sent out on August 5, 2010, asking him to appear before the Board of Health meeting tonight, I have had no communication with him.”


·         Mr. Marriner wanted to know who owns the property.


·         “It is a single family home that is rented. The owner is Lowell Place Realty Trust, C/O Re-Max Prestige they have Dennis Trahan, who is handling this property” said Ms. Garbarz.


·         Mr. Marriner asked “has any attempt been made to remedy any of the problems at this property.”


·         The Health Agent said “to my knowledge no.” She explained “another letter was sent on August 5, 2010, reiterating to the Board members, “are” aware an order was sent to Mr. Trahan, asking him to appear to tonight’s meeting, and he has obviously ignored this one.”


·         The Board agreed to have the Health Agent process the paperwork for court.




·         Mr. Marriner spoke to the home owner about cleaning up the debris in his yard. The home owner said “he would clean it up.”

·          Mr. Marriner will return within the next couple of weeks to this property to see if any progress has made with the clean up.



·         The Health Agent and Mr. Lambert spoke to Town Counsel and he recommended, the (BOH) continue to pursue the matter.




·         The Health Agent took pictures of the property that is in question as to whether this property is violation of the Housing Code. The Board members reviewed the pictures.


·         Mr. Lambert questioned Mrs. Donahue about making an attempt to clean her back yard up.


·         Mrs. Donahue explained “the wire is going to the transfer station; a hose stand will be made to wrap the garden hose, and the plant stands in the barrel, are used for putting flower bulbs in, she will be putting them away once the bulbs are pulled out of the ground, in reference to the pile of brush she anticipates burning this during the burning season.”


·         Mr. Lambert questioned “whether her back yard is visible from the abutter’s property?”


·         The Health Agent replied “it is?”  Ms. Garbarz explained “here we have the neighbors complaining about the items in the rear of Mrs. Donahue’s yard and I’m asking the Board if this constitutes a violation of the Housing Code, or a general nuisance?”



·         Mr. Lambert supposed something could be worked out.













·         The Health Agent is asking the Board “if they make the decision, that the homeowner’s yard is in violation, it will fall under the Housing Code of Rubbish which defines this is as combustible and noncombustible means and yes, some items can be classified as a violation, do you the Board, think this is a violation?”



·         The Board doesn’t think there any violations the brush pile will be burned when burning season starts.


·         The Health Agent will send a letter to both parties involved, of the Board’s decision of no violations.





·         The Health Agent received a complaint from a homeowner of her drinking water smelling. A site visit was completed and a water test sample was taken.


·         The water test results showed Arsenic and Coliform, the Health Agent immediately called the homeowner and notified her not to drink the water.



·         The Health Agent said “in the event of water rising this past spring, surrounding homes that have wells may be contaminated. She will be sending letters out asking the homeowners to get there well water tested.”




·         The Health Agent informed the Board, the Region II grant cycle came through and three trailers were approved. Three towns received them Groton, West Boylston, and Northborough, Pepperell did not receive one. Should another grant come, Pepperell Board of Health (PBOH) will resend the letter again.



·         90 South Rd. is a transfer permit

·         67 Mt. Lebanon St., - repair permit

·          Lawrence St. Lot(s) 8-9 Disposal Construction Permits.



·         A discussion ensued about a letter received from the Selectmen’s office about town departments changing office hours to be more conducive to serve the public, and save energy use at the Town Hall.


·         The Board (BOH) will draft three options regarding possible new office hours. The Board will wait to hear from the Town Administrator with any additional information.
































Mr. Marriner made a motion to table the original order sent.


Mr. Buckley seconded it.





















































Mr. Buckley made a motion of no violations are present, and Mrs. Donahue will straighten things out.

Mr. Marriner seconded it.















Mr. Buckley made a motion a to send a letter out to those residents of Yale Rd., asking them to get their well water tested, as a recent water well test revealed Coliform and Arsenic in a well.


Mr. Marriner seconded it.












Board signed permits.
































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

Meeting was adjourned at 7:57 PM

Next Meeting: September 7, 2010

Respectfully submitted by:   Sandra Grogan



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  Robert Lambert, Chairman             John Marriner, Member            Alfred Buckley, Member