Pepperell Board of Health

November 30, 2010

Meeting Minutes

Town Hall Conference Room A



Call to order:   The Pepperell Board of Health was called to order at 7:03 PM by Mr. Buckley. He informed all      present the meeting was being recorded.


Members Present:   Alfred Buckley, Chairman, John Marriner, Member, Phillip Durno, Member

Members Absent:                                                                                                                                                               

Staff Present:          Kalene Gendron R.S., Health Agent, Robin Hebert, Animal Inspector

Guests Present:       Robert Lambert

Minutes to be approved:   None

Topic of Discussion

Relevant Discussion

Action taken

Vote taken


December  BOH Dates:

·        December 7, 2010 & December 21, 2010.




·        Monthly expenditure sheet



Walk-In Appointments

·         None



Permits/Bill Warrants

·         The Health Agent had sent out the review form for 60A Nashua Rd., one out standing item that has to be addressed, it is legal boundaries.

·         One bill warrant needs signature.



Other Item:

Equipment Grant












Other Item:

Secretary out of office


·         At the last meeting a discussion took place as to what to purchase.

·         Mr. Buckley said a megaphone can be purchased.

·         Mr. Durno wanted to know what kind of lighting system we have for an emergency.

·         The Health Agent said “none that she is aware of.”

·         Mr. Durno mentioned flashlights.

·         Mr. Buckley said to table discussion, and makes a list of what we can purchase through the equipment grant.

·         Mr. Marriner mentioned a stand up light that would light up a large area.


·         A discussion ensued about a clean up process in the BOH since it has mold. The Board is requesting a letter to be sent to the Town Administrator, requesting the office and the mailroom be cleaned from the mold.

·         The Health Agent will have the Board members sign the letter once it is complete.












Mr. Marriner made a motion that a letter regarding the mold issue in the BOH office and mailroom be resolved.


Mr. Durno seconded it.










A vote was taken.

All were in favor.





Old Business:

Animal Inspector Update





  • The Animal Inspector mentioned “she started her barn inspections and she is a quarter of the way done.”
  •  At a previous Board meeting, the Board approved what they thought was a cat bill. The Animal Inspector said “it was for a bat not cat.”  She received a phone call from a homeowner said “their cat had caught a bat in the house and she wanted it tested for rabies.”
  • The Chairman wanted to know “if an animal gets into a homeowner’s home, is the town responsible for rabies testing?”
  • The Health Agent said “under Mass. General Laws” the Boards of Health have responsibility for protecting its citizens.
  • Mr. Buckley was satisfied with the clarification.
  • The Animal Inspector made the Board aware of a person who lives at Rivers Edge Farm has been infringing on the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s land with her horses. They have issued her a notice that she needs to remove the horses by April 30, 2011.
  • The Health Agent would like to propose a form with the Boards agreement, when an animal is being tested for rabies the Animal Inspector could send in this form so the Board will know why they are paying for a veterinarian bill.
  • The Animal Inspector will make sure a copy of the report is sent in.




Old Business:

17 Williams St. – Update

  • During the last meeting it was discussed by the Board, whether Mr. Young, be allowed to wait until spring before he start up grading his failed septic system. The Board asked the Health Agent go do a site visit and upon her findings this would determine whether or not he could wait.
  • The Health Agent explained “there is active breakout and she sent a letter and memo, he is actively pursing engineers, and she has received a call from one of the engineers.”




Old Business:












·      The Board asked for break down of years remaining of the grant money for the landfill.

     Health Agent explained currently there is $42,000.00 in that

     line item. So the Board will want to think prior to the fall of

     “2013” probably closer to the fall of “2011” in being proactive and getting in touch with departments to get money allocated for future testing.




  • Mr. Marriner is going to approach the Town Engineer about the possibility of getting the DEP to decrease the landfill test from two  to once a year since the test results have been consistent for the past ten years.




Old Business:

Trailer update

  • The Secretary had contacted the Selectmen’s office and the trailer’s water had been shut off and the pipes winterized.


  • The Health Agent had spoke in error about the “flu vaccine” as mentioned in the minutes of Oct, 19, 2010.  Mr. Buckley read the following “ Kalene Gendron, Health Agent spoke in error and would like to clarify this information according to the Center for Disease (CDC) you do not get sick from the flu vaccine, any questions may be directed to the Community Nurses of Nashoba Nursing Services.  The Health Agent explained she was called out on it and would like to have the correct information.   




  • Mr. Marriner would like to attend the next Nashoba Health meeting.






Mr. Marriner made a motion to accept the correction of the October 19, 2010 minutes.


Mr. Durno seconded it.






A vote was taken.

All were in favor.






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

Meeting was adjourned at 8:33 PM

Next Meeting: December 21, 2010

Respectfully submitted by:   Sandra Grogan, Board Secretary



_____________________________              _________________________    _______________________________                    

  Alfred Buckley, Chairman                     John Marriner, Member            Phillip Dunro, Member