Pepperell Board of Health
September 20, 2011
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
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.
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
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
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
Mr. Marriner seconded it.
A vote was taken.
All were in favor.
Flu Clinic Information
20L Wheeler Rd.
- The HA gave each Board
member a copy of the upcoming flu clinics that will be held in
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
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
- 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
Mr. Marriner made a motion to
adjourn the meeting. Mr. Durno seconded it. A vote was taken. All were in
Meeting was adjourned at 8: 40
Next Meeting: October 4, 2011
Respectfully submitted by: Sandra
Grogan, Board Secretary
Alfred Buckley, Chairman
John Marriner, Member Phillip Durno, Member