BOARD OF HEALTH
AUGUST 03, 2017
Chairperson: Tricia Leclair
Vice Chairperson: Kelly McGovern
Member: Vincent Forte, Jr.
Health Agent: Michael Catalano
Minutes Clerk: Tina Griffin
Tobacco Agent: Marilyn Edge
Public Health Nurse: Patricia Parent
CALL TO ORDER
Ms. Leclair called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
A motion was made by Mr. Forte to approve the minutes of July 06, 2017, as submitted.
Ms. McGovern seconded and the motion carried.
Ms. Leclair abstained from the motion, as she was not present at the July 06, 2017 meeting.
Tobacco Agent, Marilyn Edge came into the meeting tonight to talk to the Board regarding past compliance checks that she has completed, as well as the details on future compliance checks.
Ms. Edge also updated the Board on the recent Legislation laws that have passed and answered any questions that Board members had regarding these laws.
Ms. Edge informed the Board that the State House and Senate reached an agreement on the State’s voter-approved marijuana law that would allow retail cannabis sales to be taxed at a maximum rate
of 20 percent.
Board members discussed the “adult only” tobacco shops and the number of permits allowed in town. Currently there are 27 Tobacco permits in town and one “adult only” store.
Ms. Edge advised the Board that she would get clarification on the specific language needed to limit the number of “adult only” stores and she will send that information over to Mr. Catalano
Ms. Edge made a suggestion that when new stores open in town they should have to come before the Board of Health to let them know what type of food and tobacco items may be sold at that location.
Ms. McGovern asked to have this topic added to the agenda for the next meeting.
Ms. Patricia Parent, Public Health Nurse came into tonight’s meeting to update the Board on Health and Wellness items that she has been working on for the past year.
Ms. Parent first wanted to take a moment to let the Board know that it has been a pleasure to meet and work with the Bellingham resident that she has had contact with so far.
During the past year Ms. Parent has held a Blood Pressure clinic on the second Monday of each month at the Bellingham Senior Center. Also, she sees approximately 12-15 additional residents a month and wanted to remind residents that they can contact the Board of Health to set up a meet with her, at any time.
There was an active Tuberculosis patient in town that Ms. Parent has been meeting with on a regular basis and she has reported that the patient has now completed all of the treatments and has done very well through the entire process.
Ms. Parent also updated the Board on tick borne illnesses, such as: Lyme disease, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, powassan and HGE (human granulocytic ehrlichiosis). Mr. Catalano shared with the Board that articles have been put in the local newspapers as well as local cable television to warn people about these diseases and how to protect themselves against them.
Ms. Parent told the Board that there were only 46 confirmed cases of influenza this past year and no confirmed cases of chicken pox.
Ms. Parent also shared with the Board that for the size of the town, it has been a very good year and for the most part people are staying healthy. She will be performing another flu-clinic at the end of October or beginning of November and will update Mr. Catalano with the date as it gets closer.
Mr. Jesse Johnson from Bohler Engineering was present at the meeting to talk to the Board about the Urban Air Trampoline Park project located at 189 Mechanic Street. He said that the project is underway and moving quickly.
Mr. Johnson told the Board that the Café is actually just a sitting area where people can go to talk or have something to eat. However, it is not a restaurant and they will not be cooking any food at this location. All food is prepared off-site and pre-packaged before it comes to this establishment. Some items may involve heating but that would be the most that would be required.
Mr. Johnson wanted the Board to know that this is why his company requested the modification to the grease trap that was originally planned on.
Mr. Forte made a motion to approve the Septic plan at 189 Mechanic Street for Urban Air Trampoline Park with the previous modifications that the Board of Health made on June 15, 2017. His motion was seconded by Ms. McGovern and the motion carried. Copies of the plans were signed by all Board members during the meeting.
The Board acknowledged and reviewed the food inspection reports that have been submitted by all of the food inspectors.
HEALTH AGENT UPDATES
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. Mr. Catalano shared some of the details of these complaints and their status with the Board.
Mr. Catalano discussed the addendum to the Title V regulations, regarding the use cameras.
The Board discussed the addendum and asked to continue this to the next Board of Health meeting on September 07, 2017.
Board members discussed the next town clean up day and suggested dates for the event. The Board decided on Saturday, September 16, 2017 as the next clean up day. More information to follow about this event.
A motion was made by Ms. McGovern to pay $750.00 to Mark Bascio for food inspections. Her motion was seconded by Mr. Forte and carried.
A motion was made by Ms. McGovern to pay $9.10 to Laura Renaud for postage reimbursement. Her motion was seconded by Mr. Forte and carried.
A motion was made by Ms. McGovern to pay $80.33 to W.B. Mason for office supplies. Her motion was seconded by Mr. Forte and carried.
A motion was made by Ms. McGovern to pay $80.05 to Gangi Printing services for business letterheads. Her motion was seconded by Mr. Forte and carried.
A motion was made by Ms. McGovern to pay $345.00 to Tara Gurge for food inspections. Her motion was seconded by Mr. Forte and carried.
A motion was made by Ms. McGovern to pay $60.00 to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for Laura Renaud’s Notary renewal. Her motion was seconded by Mr. Forte and carried.
A motion was made by Ms. McGovern to pay $963.00 to Stephen J. Szczepanik Insurance for Michael Sarasin’s insurance. Her motion was seconded by Mr. Forte and carried.
A motion was made by Ms. McGovern to pay $375.00 to Michael Sarasin for food inspections. Her motion was seconded by Mr. Forte and carried.
A motion was made by Ms. McGovern to pay $147.00 to the Postmaster for stamps. Her motion was seconded by Mr. Forte and carried.
The Board reviewed and discussed the funds for the Betterment Loans and applications that are waiting for approval once these funds become available to the Board.
PLANS FOR REVIEW
Mr. Jared Liberti from 235 Maple Street came into tonight’s meeting to discuss the septic plan on his property and explain the reason for the plan to the Board.
Mr. Forte made a motion to approve the plan for 235 Maple Street as submitted, with no variances and no local upgrades. His motion was seconded by Ms. McGovern and carried. Copies of the plans were signed at the meeting.
A septic plan for repairs at 441 Hartford Avenue was reviewed by the Board. Mr. Forte made a motion to approve the plan as noted:
- Local upgrade approval to offset the SAS (Soil Absorption System) from the cellar from 20’ to 9’ with a barrier per 310 CMR 15.405(1)(b)~
- Local upgrade for groundwater from 4’ to 3’ per 310 CMR 15.405(1)(h)
His motion was seconded by Ms. McGovern and carried.
Ms. McGovern moved to adjourn the meeting at 10:06 pm. Her motion was seconded by Mr. Forte and carried.
Tina M. Griffin
Tina M. Griffin
NEXT MEETING IS SEPTEMBER 07, 2017 AT 7:30 PM