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Board of Health Meeting Minutes 06/15/2017
BOARD OF HEALTH
JUNE 15, 2017
Minutes



PRESENT
Chairperson: Tricia Leclair
Vice Chairperson:  Kelly McGovern
Member: Vincent Forte, Jr.
Health Agent: Michael Catalano
Minutes Clerk: Tina Griffin

CALL TO ORDER
Ms. Leclair called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
A motion was made by Ms. McGovern to approve the minutes of June 01, 2017, as submitted.
Mr. Forte seconded and the motion carried.   

TOBACCO
Tobacco Agent, Marilyn Edge provided the Board with a copy of the Retailer License for the sale of cigarettes that Gateway Liquors had sent over.  

Mr. Catalano told the Board that he is planning on having Ms. Edge come into a meeting in either July or August to update the Board on the recent marijuana laws and regulations.

OLD BUSINESS
Mr. Hardik Patel came into the meeting to introduce himself and update the Board on the progress at Countryside Motel.  Mr. Patel told the Board that he and his family have decided on a different Engineer for the project, as they were not able to connect with the previous Engineer due to his current workload.  Therefore, they have now hired Land Planning, Inc. as their Engineer and will continue to pump the current system on a regular schedule until the construction on the new system is completed.

CORRESPONDENCE
The Board acknowledged and reviewed the End of Year budget that was provided by the Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Christopher Laviolette.  

Mr. Catalano told the Board that he had sent an email out to all Food Inspectors on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.  The email was just to remind Inspectors to take notes on the overall condition and physical appearance of the facility, in addition to the regular inspectional duties.  

A revised schedule for the Board of Health summer meetings was provided in writing to the Board members.  The new schedule will reflect one meeting on July 6, 2017 and one meeting on August 03, 2017, instead of two meetings in each month.



NEW BUSINESS
Mr. Forte discussed a complaint that had come in regarding animal fecal matter on sidewalks and public ways.  The Board acknowledged the complaint and talked about this situation, as well as other areas of town with littering problems.  Mr. Forte talked about possibly using a camera to deter against littering as well as animal fecal problems.  Mr. Catalano advised the Board that cameras can’t be placed on telephone poles.  Therefore, permission would have to be given from a property owner if they will allow a camera to be placed in a tree on their property.  Cameras can also be placed on trees that are on town property.  Mr. Catalano told the Board that he would speak with Chief Daigle and Town Administrator, Dennis Fraine, to see if cameras can be used to help deter against littering.

HEALTH AGENT UPDATES
Mr. Catalano told the Board that a certified letter was sent to Mr. Lopez of 12 Fairway Drive to let him know about the denial of his betterment application.  Mr. Catalano has been in contact with Mr. Lopez and gave him the opportunity to come in to tonight’s meeting and talk to the Board about his situation.
Mr. Lopez was not present at this meeting.

The Board acknowledged and discussed complaints that have come in since the last meeting.  A copy of the complaint log was given to all Board members for review.

The Board discussed the Hartford Village Peer Review project.  
A motion was made by Mr. Forte to accept the proposal from Mr. Tom Ryder as the Peer Review Engineer for the Hartford Village project and his position will be paid for by Andrew’s Survey and Engineering.  His motion was seconded by Ms. McGovern and carried.

Mr. Catalano discussed the Livestock regulations with the Board members and a question that had come into his office regarding the definition of a farm.  
Mr. Forte made a motion to amend the Livestock regulations to include the Zoning Board’s definition of a “Farm” into the regulations.  His motion was seconded by Ms. McGovern and carried.

The Board reviewed a waiver request that was presented from Urban Air Trampoline Park of 191 Mechanic Street.  Mr. Catalano provided the Board members with a copy of the letter that Urban Air sent to him on June 14, 2017.  The letter requests a waiver to use a 70-lb grease trap in lieu of a 1000 gallon grease trap, as the café will only serve prepackaged food items.  
A motion was made by Mr. Forte to grant the request of Urban Air and the use of a 70-lb. grease trap instead of a 1000 gallon trap.  However, if the menu is altered in any way, then the 1000 gallon trap would need to be installed.
His motion was seconded by Ms. McGovern and carried.

BILLS
A motion was made by Ms. McGovern to pay $16.31 to WB Mason for office supplies.  Her motion was seconded by Mr. Forte and carried.

A motion was made by Ms. McGovern to refund the $100.00 Perk test application fee to Cynthia Walsh of 13 Lakeshore Drive for a Perk test application that was not needed.  Her motion was seconded by   Mr. Forte and carried.

A motion was made by Ms. McGovern to pay $1,800.00 to Michael Sarasin for recent Food Inspections.  Her motion was seconded by Mr. Forte and carried.

PLANS FOR REVIEW
A proposed septic plan for 441 Hartford Avenue was discussed by the Board.  However, the Board does not want to take any action on this plan tonight, as conservation issues may be present.  The Board would like to wait until the plan is presented to them before moving forward.

A septic plan for 80 Stockholm Street was reviewed by the Board. ~Mr. Forte made a motion to approve the plan as noted:  
  • Local upgrade to reduce offset to estimated seasonal high groundwater from 4’ to 3’ per 310 CMR 15.405(h)
His motion was seconded by Ms. McGovern and carried.


A septic plan for 34 Pearl Street was reviewed by the Board.  Mr. Forte made a motion to approve the plan as noted:
  • Local upgrade to reduce estimated seasonal high groundwater from 4’ to 3’                         per 310 CMR 15.405(h)
  • Please allow off site percolation to determine the percolation rate per 310 CMR 15.405(g)
His motion was seconded by Ms. McGovern and carried.


ADJOURNMENT
Ms. McGovern moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:12 pm.  Her motion was seconded by Mr. Forte and carried.

Respectfully Submitted,

Tina M. Griffin
Tina M. Griffin


NEXT MEETING IS JULY 06, 2017 AT 7:30 PM
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