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Board of Health Meeting Minutes 10/05/2017

BOARD OF HEALTH
OCTOBER 05, 2017
Minutes

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

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
A motion was made by Mr. Forte to approve the minutes of September 21, 2017, as submitted.
Ms. McGovern seconded and the motion carried.  

The Board acknowledged and discussed the previous agenda and tasks from the September 21, 2017 meeting.   

BETTERMENT LOANS
The Board members reviewed Federal 1040 Tax Forms from Betterment Loan applicants that were present at this meeting.  
Ms. Metivier from 30 Arthur Street – Verified and approved.
Mr. Hemstedt from 1221 Pulaski Boulevard was previously approved and Engineer was already paid.
Mr. & Mrs. Santos from 87 Indian Run Road – Verified and approved.

TOBACCO
Ms. McGovern opened the Public Hearing portion of the meeting at 7:41 pm.
Tobacco Agent, Marilyn Edge discussed recent compliance checks and violations that were issued.  
Wal-Mart, Cumberland Farms on Hartford Avenue and Mobil Gas Station have all paid their penalty charges for selling tobacco products to minors.

Ms. Patel, owner of Bellingham Grocery was present at the meeting to discuss her violations and explain to the Board that she has new cash registers on order that require scanning of every drivers license in order to complete any tobacco or alcohol sales in the future.  The $250 penalty charge has already been paid by Ms. Patel.

Ms. Edge discussed the suspension portion of her penalty and the timeframe details.  Ms. Edge recommended that the suspension should start at 6:00 am on Friday, October 20, 2017 and last until the store closes on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 9:00 pm.  
The store would then be allowed to start re-selling tobacco products when they open at 6:00 am on Friday, October 27, 2017.

Mr. Forte made a motion to approve this suspension timeframe that was discussed with Ms. Edge and Ms. Patel.  Ms. McGovern seconded and the motion carried.

Ms. McGovern made a motion to close this Public Hearing at 7:54 pm and resume with the regular Board of Health meeting in progress.  Mr. Forte seconded and the motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS
Mr. Forte discussed the Flu shots and administration fee that is being charged to Health Insurance companies.  Mr. Catalano told the Board that he would contact Public Health Nurse, Patricia Parent and ask her to come into the next meeting and update the Board on the fees associated with the Flu shot.

The Board discussed various clothing drop-off containers that are placed around town and the cleanliness of the areas around them.  Mr. Catalano told the Board that he has checked on the Planet Aid containers outside of Larry’s Package store a few times since the last meeting and the area has not been bad with the excess litter on the outside of the bins.

HEALTH AGENT UPDATES
Board members discussed the current food inspection schedule and paperwork that has been received from the inspectors, to date.  Board members agreed that the paperwork from Mr. Fisher needs to be addressed, as it is taking too long to be provided from Mr. Fisher.  Mr. Catalano told the Board that he will ask Mr. Fisher to come into the next meeting on October 19, 2017 to discuss the procedures and timeframe for inspections that is required by the Board.

BILLS
A motion was made by Mr. Forte to pay $1,275.00 to Michael Sarasin for Food Inspections.  
Ms. McGovern seconded and the motion carried.   

A motion was made by Mr. Forte to pay $151.75 to HF Group for Food Inspector Forms that are supplied by the Town.  Ms. McGovern seconded and the motion carried.

A motion was made by Mr. Forte to pay $3,300 to William Fisher for Food Inspections.  Ms. McGovern seconded and the motion carried.

A motion was made by Mr. Forte to pay $1,005.00 to Tara Gurge for Food Inspections.  Ms. McGovern seconded and the motion carried.

Mr. Forte made a motion to pay $460.00 to the MAHB (Massachusetts Association of Health Boards) for the MAHB Certificate program.  Ms. McGovern seconded and the motion carried.

Mr. Forte made a motion to pay $17.87 to WB Mason for office supplies.  Ms. McGovern seconded and the motion carried.

PLANS FOR REVIEW
A septic plan for repairs at 450 South Main Street was reviewed by the Board.  
Mr. Forte made a motion to approve a local upgrade request for 450 South Main Street as noted:
  • Local upgrade approval to offset the separation from groundwater from 4’ to 3’ per
310 CMR 15.405(i)
Ms. McGovern seconded and the motion carried.



A septic plan for repairs at 31 Pelletier Drive was reviewed by the Board.
Mr. Forte made a motion to approve the local upgrade request for 31 Pelletier Drive as noted:
  • Local upgrade approval to offset the S.A.S (Soil Absorption System) from 20’ to 4’6” and the property line from 10’ to 5’ per 310 CMR15.405(b)
Ms. McGovern seconded and the motion carried.

A septic plan for repairs at 19 Andrews Street was reviewed by the Board.
Mr. Forte made a motion to approve the local upgrade request for 19 Andrews Street as noted:
  • Local upgrade approval to offset the separation from groundwater from 4’ to 3’ per                    310 CMR15.405(i)
Ms. McGovern seconded and the motion carried.

A septic plan for repairs at 33 Scott Street was reviewed by the Board.
Mr. Forte made a motion to approve the local upgrade request for 33 Scott Street as noted:
  • Local upgrade approval to reduce the groundwater from 4’ to 3’ per 310 CMR15.405(i)
Ms. McGovern seconded and the motion carried.

A septic plan for repairs at 85 Indian Run Road was reviewed by the Board.
Mr. Forte made a motion to approve the local upgrade request for 85 Indian Run Road as noted:
  • Local upgrade approval to do an offsite percolation rate per 310 CMR205
Ms. McGovern seconded and the motion carried.

ADJOURNMENT
Mr. Forte moved to adjourn the meeting at 10:05 pm.  His motion was seconded by Ms. McGovern and carried.

Respectfully Submitted,

Tina M. Griffin
Tina M. Griffin


NEXT MEETING IS OCTOBER 19, 2017 AT 7:30 PM