Pepperell Board of Health

April 19, 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

Members Absent:    Phillip Durno                                                                                                                                        

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

Guests Present:       Velma Klatka, 4 Foster St. Apt. #317, Joan Gratan, Pepperell, Marilyn Tremblay, Pepperell Housing, Midge Meehan, Pepperell Housing, Jeff Cook, 37/39 High St., Jeanne McBrearty, 21 ˝ Wheeler St. 37/39 High St. Jay McChristian, 1 Prescott St.

Minutes to be approved:   Mr. Marriner made a motion to accept the minutes of April 5, 2011, as is. Mr. Buckley seconded it. A vote was taken. All were in favor.    

Topic of Discussion

Relevant Discussion

Action taken

Vote taken

Scheduled Appointments:

7:05 pm Velma Klatka – 4 Foster St. – Apt.# 317


Midge Meehan – Pepperell Housing Authority



















  • A discussion ensued between Ms. Velma Klatka and Ms. Midge Meehan as to how come up with a solution to replace the damaged carpet and sub-flooring if needed in Ms. Klatka’s apartment.
  • Ms. Tremblay of Pepperell Housing, said they will use chemical agents that will not cause odor, and she will contact Century Carpet to come in and assess the need of the sub-flooring and carpet that needs replacing.
  • The furniture in the effected area in the apartment will have to be moved while the work is taking place, and it will be Ms. Klatka’s responsibility to have her possessions moved out for the work to proceed.
  • The Board agreed that having the roof repaired first, then fixing the floor is a move in the right direction.
  • Ms. Klatka returned and explained she wants the floor to be level as she does not want to fall.
  • The Board once again re-assured her that the party involved has taken all this into consideration and will work with her closely to get the issue resolved.





37 High St. – Housing violations














39 High St. Housing violations

  • The Health Agent had been to 37-39 High St., to do a housing inspection and found several violations. An order to correct all violations with in thirty days was issued.
  • The landlord Mr. Cook came before the Board to request an extension of time, as he is in the process of trying to get the tenants out of there and he would like to move in once all corrections are made. Mr. Cook had the tenant sign a tenant at will agreement with stipulations that no animals, no children allowed as lead was present. Since then the tenants have a 10 month old child and pets. He feels the tenants are in violation of the lease agreement and would like them to move out.
  • The Board agreed to extend another sixty days to Mr. Cook.
  • The Health Agent will amend the original order sent out on April 8, 2011, to reflect a sixty day extension.


  • Mr. Cook who is the landlord of this duplex is asking the Board to extend his order of correction another thirty days.
  • The Board agreed to give him a thirty day extension.
  • The Health Agent will send an amended letter reflecting the Boards approval of another thirty day extension to correct all violations.




Hazardous Waste Day - Update




  • A brochure for the hazardous waste day was shown to the Board and asked if they would like to modify it as it will be available to the public. The hours will be 9:00-12:00 pm at the Jersey St. Fire Station.
  • Mr. Marriner suggested since Groton doesn’t have its own waste day they may like to participate in and share the cost of this event.
  • The Health Agent will contact Groton’s BOH, to see if they would like to be involved with Pepperell’s Hazardous Waste Day.




Permits/lic./Bill Warrant:

4 Hyacinth – Irrigation Well



Bill Warrant

  • The Health Agent presented this well permit before the Board stipulating the Pepperell Water Department reserves the right to perform an inspection to verify there is no cross connections.
  • One bill warrant

The Board signed both the permit and bill warrant.


Old Business:

FY 2012 Budget Update



DEP-Landfill letter

  • The Chairman was informed the budget will be level funded, with any additional increases in hourly wages; it will have to come out of approved budget.


  • The Health Agent did not have the draft letter available.



New Business:

Deer Tick Signs













New Business:

18 Maple St. unit 34 Condemnation



















186 Nashua Rd. - Trash

  • The Secretary was in contact with a sign company that will free of charge be sending out generic deer tick signs.





  • To purchase a custom made sign it will cost $14.95 each and there are at least five well traveled trails. The Board said “they cost is too much” lets see what the generic signs look like.






  • The Health Agent has been to this unit, cited violations and has sent letters for correction. Now the concern here is questionable living conditions. She is asking for the Boards guidance and offered three possible options 1.  A hearing before the Board, 2.  A condemnation hearing before the Board   3. Take this matter this to court.
  • The Board listened as the Health agent gave detail report of the deplorable living conditions, no water, no walls, no heat, a fowl smell and what appeared to smell like a kerosene heater inside his place.
  • The Health Agent explained he is not only a threat to himself but those who reside around him. NABH nursing services has tried to reach out to him but to no avail.
  • Mr. Marriner said that the BOH has an obligation to him and his neighbors. He wants to go forward with the condemnation hearing and Mr. Buckley agreed.
  • In the mean time the Board members will speak to outside sources to get this individual some help.


  • Mr. Buckley has been by the property and it looks clean, hopefully this problem will not arise again.



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

Meeting was adjourned at 9:05 pm

Next Meeting: May 3, 2011

Respectfully submitted by:   Sandra Grogan, Board Secretary




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