Pepperell Board of Health

January 25, 2011

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. Marriner. He informed all        present the meeting was being recorded.


Members Present:   John Marriner, Member, Phillip Durno, Member

Members Absent:   Alfred Buckley, Chairman excused.                                                                                                       

Staff Present:          Kalene Gendron R.S., Health Agent, Sandra Grogan, Board Secretary  

Guests Present:       Kelly Brough, Nashoba Publishing, Mr. Richard Auburn


Minutes to be approved:   Mr. Marriner amended the minutes of January 4, 2011. Mr. Durno made a motion to accept the minutes with the amendment. Mr. Marriner seconded it. A vote was taken. All were in favor.

Topic of Discussion

Relevant Discussion

Action taken

Vote taken


  • A reminder the next BOH meetings are scheduled for February 1st and February 15th, 2011.












Cable TV:




Annual Report:





  • Mr. Marriner made an amendment on the January 4, 2011, minutes under Correspondence to reflect that a nomination has been submitted for someone who has gone above and beyond his/her call during the year, by Mr. Durno on behalf of the BOH.
  • Mr. Marriner received a letter from Mr. McNabb, requesting the meetings for the BOH be publicized on channel 15, cable TV.
  • Mr. Durno spoke to Mr. Potts who will be at the next meeting on February 1, 2011 to show the Board how to use the equipment.
  • The Health Agent gave all documentation for the past year for services provided by NABH to the Board and Mr. Marriner volunteered to write the annual report.


Mr. Durno made the motion to accept the amendment.

Mr. Marriner Seconded it.













A vote was taken.

All were in favor.













Bill Warrant:





Continued: Decreasing the

Cost of the landfill monitoring test.



  • One bill warrant




  • Mr. Mariner had a brief discussion of perhaps asking the DEP to decrease the bi-annual landfill monitoring test to one time per year.
  • The Board would like the DEP recommendations on this matter in writing.
  • The Board feels this is pertinent information to present to the Finance Committee as the BOH will eventually need money in their budget to pay for future landfill testing mandated by the DEP.



The Board signed the warrant.













Other Item:

Sharps containers




·         The Health Agent explained that “Richard Aubin is asking the Board for two variance requests, on behalf of his engineer for lot 8D-1, 8D-2 Heald St.  One is an existing home, the other is new construction they both meet Title 5 regulations. The existing home plan is still under review tonight. The Health Agent is asking the Board to approve the variance request to lower the loading rate of the local regulations of 150 gpd to the Title 5 regulations of 110 gpd.


·         Mr. Durno made mention people are leaving needles in containers at the transfer station, this is causing problems as old needle containers should not be dropped off. If anyone has to use syringes, provisions are made by purchasing a sharps container through the BOH office. The cost associated with the containers is $5.00 for the smaller and $10.00 for the larger container and you may bring them back to the BOH for disposal.


Mr. Marriner made a motion to approve both variance requests by accepting the

Title 5 of 110gpd loading rate rather than the local regulation of 150 gpd.


Mr. Durno seconded it.



A vote was taken.

All were in favor.

Board of Health Permits:

Lot 8D-2 Heald St. – New

Lot 8D-1 Heald St. – existing


29 Deerfield Dr. – Irrigation well














  • Lot 8D-2 disposal construction permit.
  • Lot 8D-1 variance request approved but not signed.



  • The Health Agent reviewed the submission by Skilling & Sons; she doesn’t see anything wrong in approving the well. It will not be used for portable water source; she will have them fill out a notification saying it will not be used for drinking.
  • Mr. Marriner wanted to know if there is any provision to disallow cross connects in order that anyone with irrigation well may not try to hook into it and bring it into their home for drinking purpose and as a result contaminate the town water if they are connected to it.





  • The Health Agent explained under the well water provisions this is where the Board may want to add to the regulations.
  • Mr. Marriner discussed the use of back flow connections to prevent contaminated water going into the water source.
  • The Board tabled this discussion until the Chairman returns and has input on this subject.
  • Mr. Marriner did not approve of granting a well water irrigation permit until they have a full Board.

The Board signed the permits.




Republic Services (Allied)

Waste Not (formerly Tully)




  • Rubbish Hauler permit
  • Rubbish Hauler permit


 The Board signed the permits.




Old Business:

Status of BOH office

  • Mr. Durno spoke to the Town Administrator, Mr. Moak about moving the BOH office to the Peter Fitzpatrick School.
  • Mr. Marriner questioned if the BOH would be the only office in the school and would the BOH if they were to move would we have a complete office setup.
  • The Health Agent thought the phone and fax line may be an issue.
  • Mr. Durno said “the Town Administrator would prefer to have the BOH in the Town Hall as this would be an asset to the Town”.  The Secretary’s doctor will not allow her to work in office until another air quality test. She did try to work in the office after it was cleaned only to get sick again.  Mr. Moak has already said “he is not going to have an air quality test performed as he is comfortable with the results.”
  • Mr. Durno believes a healthy, safe, clean environment is essential and in his opinion and according to the doctor’s opinion this current office is not a safe to work in.
  • Mr. Marriner is wondering if the BOH would be setting a precedent for the town to put any other offices down there.
  • The Health Agent brought up “one stop shopping” anyone with an interdepartmental slip can have it signed by departments in the town hall; they may have to travel to another building to reach the BOH.
  • Mr. Marriner agreed Mr. Moak isn’t qualified to say that Conference Room C has been cleaned of the mold without having to do a follow up air quality test.



  •  The Board would like to have Mass. Department of Public Health (MDPH) to perform air quality test.
  • The (MDPH had sent a form to the BOH asking for the details of the procedures that were put in place after they tested the Town Hall in “2003”.
  • Mr. Durno wants a letter to go to the BOS asking for any written information regarding that testing, and what types of measures were put in place at that time.  The BOH will still pursue an air quality test.


































Mr. Durno made a motion to reflect the follow-up assessment and the BOH would like to have air quality test performed in the BOH office.





































A vote was taken.

All were in favor.

Old Business:

82 Heald St.-Dog Complaint

  • The BOH received an email as well as other departments from Carolyn Smart who is an abutter to 82 Heald St. complaint about these dogs barking.
  • The Health Agent highly recommends the idea of verifying these dogs are up to date with their vaccines.
  • Mr. Durno checked with the Town Clerk who has a record of two kennels one for 20 dogs and the second kennel for 10 dogs both kennels have dog licenses.
  • The Health Agent explained the BOH should be concerned with rabies vaccinations and maintaining the property.
  • The Health Agent did a site visit before the snow and as far as any odor goes there was nothing over the top. When I approached the door to the dwelling of the property the smell emanating out was that of possible feces, and urine type odors. 
  • As far as the BOH is concerned they may pursue possible violations such as: air pollution (noise) rabies vaccination of the additional 30 dogs, and living condition within the dwelling.
  • Mr. Durno would like to table this discussion until next meeting when there is a full Board.



Old Business:

8 Nashua Rd.


  • The Health Agent is waiting for a response from Mr. Sartelle. She will contact him and request a copy of the letter he mailed to the tenant.




Old Business:

20 Wheeler St.


  • The Health Agent hasn’t heard from Mr. Bancroft, but she feels with all the snow on the ground it would be hard to determine what violations haven’t been corrected. Mr. Bancroft has an active order the Board may want to modify it.




New Business:

Rabies Clinic

















  • The Health Agent spoke to Kathy Howard who works with Dr. Bradley Smith, who ran the rabies clinic last year.




  • The Health agent asked if their were any problems with last year’s clinic, since the BOH is no longer responsible for running the rabies clinic. A concern of possible traffic was mentioned. The BOH will offer cones to help with traffic flow. The only other issue was needing help as people came  in they would receive a tag for either a 1yr. or 3yr shot, this was hard to do last year because of lack of help.  She may use the BOH lap top to enter license information. Any help would be appreciated.
  • People will have to bring their last year’s rabies paperwork.
  • The clinic will be April 2, 2011, Jersey St., 9:00-12:00 pm. The banner will be displayed; it will be in the newspaper and put on public TV.








New Business:

Well Regulations-Revise

  • Discussed earlier and tabled discussion until next meeting.
  • Mr. Marriner briefly discussed wanted to know if the Board has authority to change, modify the well regulations.



New Business:

Title 5 Regulations-Revise

  • The Health Agent brought before the Board the question of the local Title 5 regulations that require a loading rate of 150 gpd rather than the State Title 5, regulations of 110 gpd. This has resulted in many variance requests.
  • The Board doesn’t mind having to approve variance requests as this gives the Board the opportunity to be involved looking at systems.



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 8:47 PM

Next Meeting: February 1, 2011

Respectfully submitted by:   Sandra Grogan, Board Secretary



_____________________________              _________________________    _______________________________                    

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