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Board of Health Meeting Minutes 03/20/2014

Board of Health Minutes
March 20, 2014

Present - Chairman Vincent Forte, Jr., Members: Patricia Leclair, Kelly McGovern, Agent Catalano, and Elizabeth Donovan, Clerk
Call to Order - Chairman Vincent Forte called the meeting to order at 7:31 p.m.  A quorum was present.
Minutes - A motion was made by Ms. Leclair and seconded by Ms. McGovern to approve the Minutes of March 6, 2014 as amended. Mr. Forte put this motion to vote and the minutes were approved unanimously.

New Business

Board Reorganization – The elections of Chair and Vice Chair will occur in May, 2014.

Burial Agents Appointments – Ms. McGovern moved to re-appoint Francis and Leslie Cartier as the Burial Agents. Her motion was seconded by Ms. Leclair; when put to vote, the motion passed unanimously.

Budget – The Expenditure Budget was reviewed. Agent Catalano reported that Laura is going to send bills for Betterment/Septic loans out on April 1st.  

  • A $189 per year capital improvement fee for water and sewer infrastructure will be imposed on residents. Seniors over 65 will be charged a $30 capital improvement fee.
Hazardous Waste - A collection day will take place in June – Board agreed that defining items that can be collected on the website would be useful.  Ms. Leclair suggested signs in pharmacies directing Bellingham residents where to dispose syringes/unused medicine.

Local Emergency Planning Council – Agent Catalano announced that Chairman Forte has been appointed as the backup for the May 7th ice storm exercise.    

Old Business/Health Agent Report

Goals – Members will include the revised septic criteria/Title V inspection requirements. A flow chart has been created with SIC codes and will be used to identify relevant companies to notify.  

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Mission Statement – The following statement was unanimously by the Board and will be added to the website:

It is the purpose of the Board of Health to protect the health and safety of the environment and the town residents of Bellingham in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, through enforcement of the laws, regulations, and codes that pertain to it.  The Board of health stands in the front line to serve all town residents, in their inalienable right for the protection of health and safety.

23 Fox Run Road – Chairman Forte reported that owner has met the terms of the Title V deed restriction and is in compliance. The matter will be addressed at the March 26 Conservation Committee meeting.

Goody’s Restaurant – Mr. & Mrs. Chimeno received an order to cease and desist by Denis Fraine, Town Administrator, on behalf of the Board of Selectmen. The restaurant has complied with this order and is not operating at this time.
Body Piercing – Board members agreed that more information is needed to determine whether an age policy be considered. To date there are no state piercing laws.


Conservation Notice (Legal Notice).  Conservation Commission will hold public hearings on March 26th regarding a proposal to construct a berm for a detention basin at 306 Maple Street.

On motions made by Ms. McGovern and seconded by Ms. Leclair, the following bills were put to vote by Chairman Forte, and approved for payment:

Michael Sarasin
Omega Engineering
Thermometer for M. Sarasin
Vincent Forte
Hazmat training
Membership balance
New England Office Supply
Ink cartridges

Adjournment - Ms. McGovern motioned to adjourn the meeting at 10:08 p.m.; her motion was seconded by Ms. Leclair and passed without objection.

Respectfully submitted,

Elizabeth Donovan