Pepperell Board of Health

September 20, 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 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       Robin Hebert, Animal Inspector, Paul MacDonald, Nashoba Publishing, Jeff Cook,

                               37-39 High St.

Minutes to be approved:   Mr. Marriner made a motion to accept the minutes of August 16, 2011. Mr. Durno seconded it. A vote was taken. All were in favor. Mr. Marriner made a motion to approve the minutes of September 7, 2011. Mr. Durno seconded it. A vote was taken. All were in favor.

Topic of Discussion

Relevant Discussion

Action taken

Vote taken


39 Prescott St. - Status

  • The Health Agent (HA) informed the Board that she spoke to Mrs. Rowse, she has submitted all the necessary paperwork, the only thing holding her up is the sand certificate and the installer will be getting that paperwork. So this should be cleared up shortly.



Future Meeting Dates


  • October 4, 2011 and October 18, 2011

Members agreed.



7:05 pm – Animal Inspector

·        The Animal Inspector gave a report to the members of the Board for her past three months of service. The horses on Allen St. are gone. She received a complaint of possible abandoned chickens, she went to collect them but they had already been removed from the property. She had a couple of bat calls. Robin will be starting her barn inspections.

·        Mr. Durno commended Robin on a very thorough report.




Jeff Cook – 37 & 39 High St.










  • Mr. Marriner had spoken to Mr. Cook about his housing violations at these addresses. Mr. Cook came in to request a sixty-day extension to correct these violations.
  • He is currently living in one of the apartments and the reason for this request is his previous tenants moved out and left a mess.




  • Mr. Marriner said “if not corrected in the time allotted on the sixty-first day the Pepperell Board of Health (PBOH) will not be as nice.”

Mr. Durno made a motion to allow a sixty day extension in order to rectify all violations by November 20, 2011.


Mr. Marriner seconded it.

A vote was taken.

All were in favor.


Flu Clinic Information










 20L Wheeler Rd.











































































Old Business:

Well Regulations


  • The HA gave each Board member a copy of the upcoming flu clinics that will be held in Pepperell.
  • October 5th & October 19th 2011 from10:00-12:00 pm at the Senior Center. November 2nd & November 16th, 2011 from 10:00-12:00 pm at the Senior Center. December 7th & December 21st, 2011, from 10:00-12:00 pm at the Senior Center





  • Mrs. Bancroft referred to the meeting on 7/19/2011 that she and her husband attended. She said the Board members asked her to sign a letter that she will not exceed five bedrooms. Then the Board voted that the Bancroft’s have a five bedroom deed restriction put in place.
  • The Board members reviewed the minutes and Mr. Durno explained it was Mr. Lambert who is not part of the PBOH, who asked if the Bancroft’s could sign a letter saying they would not have more than five bedrooms. He told Mrs. Bancroft the Board decided to request a deed restriction and they voted on it and all were in favor.
  • Mrs. Bancroft doesn’t agree with the minutes because in the body of the minutes it said “would Mrs. Bancroft sign a letter.”
  • Mr. Marriner would like to know how to rectify this problem.
  • Mrs. Bancroft brought in information and would like the Board members to review. Her husband hasn’t worked since Dec. 2009; it is a financial hardship for them.
  • The HA informed the Board what they have in front of them is a copy of the function of the technology approval letter; it is not a deed restriction. Mrs. Bancroft has highlighted in the paperwork that allows the 550 gallons per day. So she asking if this would satisfy the Board where previously at another meeting the Board voted “no” so now she is asking “if the Board will accept this paperwork.”






  • Mr. Buckley wanted to know the cost to process paperwork at land court.
  • Mrs. Bancroft heard around $175.00-$200.00, plus you have to drive to Cambridge, MA to record it.
  • Mr. Marriner wants to make sure that any future owners know it is only a five bedroom dwelling.
  • The HA said “the paperwork presented is not a five bedroom deed restriction, it is an approval letter that had a lot of variances. The Board can choose to revoke the previous decision. If you feel she has satisfied the request you may modify the request.”
  • Mr. Marriner said hypothetically speaking “if she decided to go to eight bedrooms” and the septic system collapses, she is responsible to have the problem fixed or tie into town sewer if it is available. It sounds like to Mr. Marriner that Mrs. Bancroft is taking all the risks.”
  • Mr. Buckley said “let’s put a red flag on this and in six months time when money is not so tight then you can get your deed restriction and we can revisit this.”
  • Mrs. Bancroft said “you have cranky citizens, this letter didn’t come from Kalene because I did anything wrong. Do you ask of this of everybody that has a fast system?
  • The HA said this should have been built into the plan.
  • Mrs. Bancroft asked the Board members “can’t you go to him and say the Board has seen her deed and it says she can only have five bedrooms.”
  • Mr. Buckley said “the HA brings these issues before the Board members and we make the decision.”
  • Mr. Durno asked “if this has anything to do with the neighbor.”
  • Mrs. Bancroft replied “absolutely.”
  • The HA said this started with a complaint.
  • Mr. Durno was upset with the situation of the neighboring making complaints, so he made a motion.
  • The HA will send a letter to the Bancroft’s of the Board’s decision.






  • A discussion ensued between the Board members and the HA, as to any revisions to the current well regulations.
  • The Board members will continue to work on the well regulations until completed.

































































Mr. Durno proposed a few attempts of a motion and then amended them. Then he revoked the original motion made on July 19th 2011 to have a five bedroom deed restriction to  have the Bancroft’s sign a letter stating they will not make a six bedroom house and if they were to ever sell it, then the property would come before the PBOH for a title 5 check.














































































A vote was taken.

All were in favor.






















 New Business:

Animal Inspector

  • The HA and secretary brought to the attention of the Board members that the Animal Inspector’s hourly wage did not increase as of the FY 2012 budget.
  • Mr. Buckley would like the secretary to speak to the accountant to see if there is a wage freeze that might account for it.
  • The secretary will inform the Board at the next meeting of her meeting with the accountant.



New Business:

Hazardous Waste Day-Proposal

  • The HA spoke to a representative of Clean Harbor who holds this yearly hazardous waste day to see if our line item expense could possibly cover two events instead of one yearly. The spokesman said “Clean Harbor would decrease their minimum fee;” this would allow Pepperell to hold two hazardous waste day collections if they decide to.
  •  Mr. Buckley doesn’t want to use line item to the maximum, in case of future decreases in the budget.
  • Mr. Durno thought you could hold one in the spring and fall and if you get close the maximum then you would close up.
  • Mr. Buckley thinks it better to be opened one full day and let all residents drop off hazardous waste rather than having to send them away.



New Business:

Budget Review FY 2012


  • The HA spoke to the accountant about simplifying our line items. He was able to consolidate the line items into fewer categories.
  • The Board members like the simplification and flexibility this adds.



Other Item:

39 Blood Rd.

  • Mr. Marriner had met with Mr. Armstrong this morning as his home had been condemned and they had to vacate today.
  • Mr. Armstrong asked Mr. Marriner if they could stay in their home a few more days.
  • Mr. Marriner asked if he has corrected the violations that have forced this situation. Such as the hole in the roof, trash inside and outside the house. Mr. Marriner explained the PBOH has given Mr. Armstrong more than enough time to make an effort to correct these violations. Mr. Marriner explained police and fire/EMS worker’s reported the deplorable living conditions that exist inside the home therefore, it is a very unhealthy, unsafe living situation. 
  • Mr. Armstrong said “they have no money to fix these problems.”
  • Mr. Marriner suggested Mr. Armstrong contact various agencies that were listed inside his letter from the HA. He said the PBOH does not want to remove people from their homes, but in this situation they had no other alternative.
  • The Council on Aging called and asked to send Mr. Armstrong to them as they help him find living assistance.



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: 40 pm

Next Meeting: October 4, 2011

Respectfully submitted by:   Sandra Grogan, Board Secretary



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