Pepperell Board of Health

August 2, 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 at the meeting it was being tape 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 approve the minutes of July 19, 2011 as written.

                                          Mr. Durno seconded it.  A vote was taken.  All were in favor.    

Topic of Discussion

Relevant Discussion

Action taken

Vote taken


  • 8 Emerson Circle – New System Disposal Construction permit.

Board signed.



Landfill reduction request



















  • CEA representative, Mr. Last had mailed the FY 2012 landfill contract.


  • The members of the Board discussed whether it is worth pursing the reduction of groundwater VOC’s.


  • The spring report recommended the Pepperell Board of Health (PBOH) may want to request a reduction in this particular test from DEP.


  • The Health Agent (HA) asked the Members if they still want to pursue the reduction request VOC’s in the groundwater or wait a year or two and ask for even greater reductions.


  • Mr. Durno feels it is worth pursing.


  • The HA will try to have the paperwork for the next meeting.


The members of the Board signed the contract.


Mr. Durno made a motion to follow through on the recommendation of CEA, and ask for the VOC’s in groundwater to be eliminated.


Mr. Marriner seconded it.



A vote was taken.

All were in favor.




7 Dartmouth Lane

Condemnation Hearing



























  • The HA informed the members of the Board that she received a complaint and did a site visit with a police officer, and no one was home at the time. They were on the porch and there was rubbish and garbage all around and
  • there was a very offensive odor, the structure was questionable.  It was confirmed there is no running water in the unit.
  • The Chairman of the Board Mr. Buckley opened up a public hearing, for a Condemnation hearing of Mr. Cardella of 7 Dartmouth Lane.
  • The HA asked if the Members had any questions about the property in question.
  • Mr. Marriner wanted to know how the PBOH got involved.
  • The Pepperell police saw Mr. Cardella driving erratic as he entered his driveway the police spoke to Mr. Cardella and called the ambulance in his behalf.
  • The HA explained under the housing code states if you have no running water, garbage, rubbish, questionable egress, they are violations.
  • Upon reading a letter of complaint and hearing from the HA, the Members agreed that Mr. Cardella’s home should be condemned.
  • The HA will proceed with condemnation papers. She informed the Board an outside agency have been notified and are presently involved with assistance for Mr. Cardella.
  • The Chairman, Mr. Buckley closed the public hearing after the Board members voted.




























Mr. Durno made a motion to go along with the HA request of condemnation of 7 Dartmouth Lane.

Mr. Marriner seconded it




























A vote was taken.

All were in favor.


Personal Sign








Nashoba Associated Boards of Health (NABH)



  • Mr. Buckley has a canvas sign in his yard and he is offering to have a slogan painted on at his own expense in behalf of the PBOH for public events.
  • The other members will think about it.




  • Mr. Marriner drafted up a letter with questions for

      Mr. James Garreffi, Director of NABH, regarding

      Pepperell’s assessment. He informed the other members he                                     has signed the letter and is ready to be mailed.






4 Ridge Rd.















Other Item:

Local cable T.V.






  • The Papalia’s of 4 Ridge Rd., were before the Board on April 5, 2011 to request an addition on a four bedroom septic system. At the time the members approved and voted in favor of the addition. They are currently pursing a deed restriction on there four bedroom dwelling with their attorney. The Papalia’s would like the members of the Board to endorse this form.
  • The members agreed they had already approved and voted to allow the addition take place on April 5, 2011 at 4 Ridge Rd., they do not need to endorse this form as the minutes of April 5, 2011 are a legal document in their behalf.





  • The HA informed the Members of the Board that the local cable channel is running an informational ad, saying “if you are having a Title 5.  inspection and have a private well source you need a water test as part of the local well regulations.” The HA has seen an increase of requests for water testing.




Old Business:

39 Blood St.


  • The HA and Mr. Durno, member, attempted  a site visit on 6/22/11 at the property of 39 Blood St. Mr. Armstrong,  declined the BOH entry Mr. Durno noticed his roof had two holes in it and the homeowner admitted to having trash within his dwelling. An order had been mailed, he had not responded as of this meeting.
  • Mr. Durno recommended that the HA send a letter to have Mr. Armstrong present at the next BOH meeting on 8/16/11 to discuss why these violations have not been corrected. She will try another site visit .
  • Mr. Buckley suggested if the HA can get a picture of the roof she can show the building inspector.






Old Business:

31 Canal St.




  • The HA did a site inspection before tonight’s meeting and she said “the yard looks much improved.” Mr. Schuman had spoken to her earlier and informed her oil went to Gary’s garage in Groton,  propane tanks went to the transfer station, broken toys went to granite salvation in NH. The remaining items in the yard are neatly lined up.
  • The HA feels that Mr. Schuman has come into compliance with the order to keep his dwelling in a clean and sanitary manner.
  • The members of the Board agree with the HA. A letter will go out saying he is in compliance.



Old Business:

18 Maple St. Unit 34.


  • The HA had sent out the original order months and months ago, questioning his living condition.  The PBOH is going around in circles with Mr. Godsoe, now he has another trailer on the property, The HA heard he is now living in that one.
  • The members of the Board had previously started with a condemnation hearing, but gave Mr. Godsoe an opportunity to come into compliance but he has not.
  • Mr. Durno said they had given Mr. Godsoe more than enough time to correct the violations but he has done nothing.
  • The member of the Board would like the condemnation hearing to go forward.


Mr. Durno made a motion to

follow through with the

condemnation hearing.


Mr. Marriner seconded it.

A vote was taken.

All were in favor.

Old Business:

Well regulations

  • Mr. Marriner is in the process of speaking to someone from Skilling’s & Sons about wells. He would like to table this discussion until he has had his meeting.



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

Meeting was adjourned at 8: 00 pm

Next Meeting: August 16, 2011

Respectfully submitted by:   Sandra Grogan, Board Secretary



_____________________________              _________________________    _______________________________                    

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