Pepperell Board of Health

March 01, 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. 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, Sandra Grogan Board Secretary

Guests Present:       Paul MacDonald, Nashoba Publishing 

Minutes to be approved:   Mr. Marriner made a motion to accept the minutes of February 15, 2011. Mr. Durno seconded it. A vote was taken. All were in favor.    

Topic of Discussion

Relevant Discussion

Action taken

Vote taken

Bill Warrant:

  • None



Future Meetings:

  • March 16, 2011



Walk-In Appointments:

  • None



Permits: 170 Nashua Rd. Variance Request

  • The Health Agent informed the Board, the engineer Mr. Ritchie is asking the for a variance to the local regulations of 150 gpd to the Title 5 regulations of 110 gpd, in addition he is requesting a variance to use a bed design system over a trench design.

Mr. Marriner made a motion to accept the loading rate of Title 5, 110 gpd, and approve a bed design septic system.

Mr. Durno seconded it.

A vote was taken.

All were in favor.

New Business:

Budget FY 2012 – Review




















Hazardous Waste





166 Townsend St

  • The Finance Committee is requesting one Board member to attend this meeting to discuss whether this department is asking for a 1% increase or 1% decrease. This department has reduced their budget by 1% for FY 2012.
  • Mr. Durno will speak in behalf of the BOH at this meeting.
  • Monies will run out in the landfill-closure account in about three years.
  • Mr. Marriner said “he would like to see the bi-annual testing be reduced to once a year if they deny the request that’s their privilege but we want to have it in writing”.
  • As part of the request to the DEP, Town Engineer Kenneth Kalinowski would have to present trends showing a reduction in testing is acceptable.








  • The Board approved a contract with Clean Harbors Services for the annual hazardous waste day collection that will be held on June 11, 2011 from 9:00-12:00 pm at the Jersey St., Fire Station.



  • The Health Agent is asking the Board to approve the loading rate of 110 gpd instead of the local regulation of 150 gpd, and approve a sieve analysis in place of a perc test as the ground was frozen.


  • At the next meeting the Health Agent will bring paper work of a sieve analysis and the Board will then vote on the second variance request.






























Mr. Marriner made a motion to approve the loading rate change from 150 to 110gpd.

Mr. Durno seconded it.





























A vote was taken.

All were in favor

Old Business:

Well Regulations









Old Business:





  • Discussion ensued about possibly making revision to the current well regulations,
  • The Health Agent explained “this will probably be on the agenda for a while it will be a long process”.  The current regulations have “some blatant errors,” and lacks information on irrigation wells and geothermal wells.
  • Mr. Marriner said “reading this for the first time I feel very ambiguous about passing this until we’ve had time to review it and get comments from the water department”.


  • The Board reviewed a letter from the temporary accountant about closing expenditure account under landfill.


  • The Health Agent went back to FY1992 that showed a much higher amount of money in a separate account for the landfill project, tracking the money was hard to do.


  • Mr. Buckley will talk to the accountant and set up an appointment for next week for all three members to meet with him.




2 Idal St.-Trash Complaint







12B Foster St. -Trash






Region 2








  • An email was received by a resident who said the neighbors had moved and left trash.
  • The Health Agent did a site visit and took pictures.
  • Mr. Durno would like an order to be issued and a copy be sent to the realtor asking him/her to contact the homeowner to clean up the place.


  • “An order will be issued to the homeowner about trash. If he doesn’t comply I will have come to a meeting. He is on the radar” said the Health Agent.



  • Region 2 has a satellite phone that is being housed in Ayer, MA. they don’t want it, so we are being asked if we would PBOH like to house it and maintain it.
  • The Board agreed there is no storage space to house it.



  • The Health Agent is trying to write off the flu clinic as a mock Emergency Dispensing Site (EDS) site.


  • The recreation department is looking for refills to the hand sanitizers.


  • The Board agreed to dispense the forty-four refills and batteries on hand.


  • The Health Agent will send out an email including the schools saying first come first serve to those who need refills and batteries.


  • The Health Agent updated the Board about China Express as to the violations and what they are doing to correct the situation.





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

Meeting was adjourned at 8:33 PM

Next Meeting: March 16, 2011

Respectfully submitted by:   Sandra Grogan, Board Secretary




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