Pepperell Board of Health

December 21, 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  

Guests Present:       

Minutes to be approved:   Mr. Marriner made a motion to accept the November 16, 2010 minutes. Mr. Buckley seconded it. A vote was taken.  All were in favor.  Mr. Durno was not on the Board.  

Topic of Discussion

Relevant Discussion

Action taken

Vote taken



·         The next BOH meeting is scheduled for Jan. 04, 2011.


·          Mr. Marriner asked if anyone would like to attend the Emergency Preparedness Meeting in Ayer, MA at the Police Station on January 12, 2011.




·        Mr. Ken Gikas, Region II, Emergency Preparedness would like to know how many in the BOH has had the NIMS training.  Mr. Marriner has taken all the trainings.



Walk-In Appointments

·         None




Permits/Bill Warrants

·         Suburban Village and Green Acres licenses.


Board signed the licenses


Old Business:

Emergency Preparedness Meeting




·         Mr. Marriner updated the Board of what discussed at the Emergency Preparedness Meeting.


·         The BOH can notify Region II, if Pepperell would like to host a table top exercise. In “2011.”








Old Business:

Region II-Equipment Grant

·         The Health Agent gave the Board a list of items that the BOH might be interested in purchasing.

·         The Board will not spend the grant money in order to spend it.








Old Business:

Funeral Director-Licensing




Old Business:

8 Nashua Rd.
















Old Business:

224 South Rd. -Update











  • A discussion ensued about getting the renewal applications for the funeral homes ready to be sent out in February.




  • This complaint goes back to October 2010; it is a tenant, landlord situation. There are three outstanding violations that need to be corrected. Once this has been done the Health Agent must have the tenant’s permission in order that a re-inspection may be done. This has been a back and forth situation.


  • A letter will be sent out to the landlord asking that he be present during the next meeting and the tenants will be getting a copy also.









  • Sandra Buss has a confirmed failed system. There is active breakout but due to financial restraints; she is asking to postpone the replacing her septic system until spring.


  • The Health Agent expressed the Board may want to give her an extension until spring as long as she has the septic pumped to prevent breakout.



















Mr. Durno made a motion to have a letter sent to Mr., Sartelle having him come before the Board to see why these three violations have not been corrected.


Mr. Marriner seconded it.








Mr. Marriner made a motion to send a letter stating that she must have her septic system pumped out and under control until the spring when ground thaws out, and then she is to begin repairing the system.


Mr. Durno seconded it.


Mr. Buckley abstained











A vote was taken.

All were in favor.















A vote was taken

Two out of three were in favor.


Mr. Buckley abstained from voting.

Old Business:

120 Main St.







  • The landlord has gotten in touch with the tenant and she is waiting to get back in the unit to verify repairs have been made.
  • The landlord would like an extension until the end of December, since we are at the end of December I would like to contact him so this matter gets closed.

Mr. Marriner made a motion for the Health Agent to contact the landlord of this property in order to do a re-inspection.


Mr. Durno seconded it.

A vote was taken.

All were in favor.




Old Business:

20 Wheeler Rd.









New Business:

Finance Committee Memo
















Other Item:




  • The Health Agent had sent an order which has gone past the thirty days so what would be the next step.
  • Mr. Buckley knowing the property said a letter with strong language including courting it.
  • The Health Agent explained a complaint came in about cars in the yard.
  • Mr. Durno said “invite the owner in for the next meeting on January 4, 2011.



  • The Board members received a memo about the FY 2012 budget that is due on January 7, 2011.
  • Mr. Buckley explained the only place that we can take out of is the line items to make the 1% decrease.
  • The Board will look the current budget over and at the next meeting it can be discussed where the decrease will come from.
  • The Health Agent mentioned the town report to Mr. Marriner as he had written last years report. Next meeting the Health Agent will be bring the last year report and if the Board want to pursue it or not.


  • A brief discussion ensued about nominating a person that has gone above and beyond.



  • The Health Agent gave the Board a quick update on Heald St., she did a site visit on the property and the Dog office informed her that the M.S.P.C.A. has been out there.



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

Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM

Next Meeting: January 21, 2011

Respectfully submitted by:   Sandra Grogan, Board Secretary



_____________________________              _________________________    _______________________________                    

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