Board of Health shorts, June 11

by Karina Coombs

Carlisle soils course

Board of Health (BOH) Chair Jeff Brem and member Bill Risso recently attended a workshop in Carlisle for the advanced training of soil evaluators led by Certified Soil Scientist and Soil Evaluator Peter Fletcher on June 6 and 7. They described the course at the BOH meeting on June 11, explaining that Fletcher, along with 23 attendees, looked at various types of topography to demonstrate the specific nuances of the region when it comes to considering where to place septic systems.

Knowing how glaciers made the soils and how ridges and drumlins were formed is crucial when looking at land and considering the presence of silt, clay and high water tables, explained Brem and Risso. Both thought the course was informative both in terms of Carlisle’s history as well as engineering concerns.

Farmers Market

The board voted unanimously to approve a permit for the Carlisle Farmers Market. The market, held in the parking lot of Kimball Farm Ice Cream, is in its eighth year.

New this year, the farmers market is being charged a permit fee of $10, as decided by the board during its March 19 meeting. Health Agent Linda Fantasia noted market manager Jessica Montague was doing an “excellent job” with the required paperwork, including collecting copies of licenses from vendors with facilities in other towns.

Benfield Farms update

Fantasia noted that revised septic system plans for the Benfield Farms affordable housing development had been received from engineer Mark Beaudry of Meridian Associates. Todd Brown of Lincoln Tree & Landscape, the firm hired to install the septic system, picked up a full set of plans and was expected to begin work shortly.

A pre-construction meeting was held on June 5 and attended by Fantasia, Beaudry, BOH consultant Rob Frado, Brown and Jim Beatty of Lincoln Tree & Landscape, Gregg Farrell and Jack Hanley of Dellbrook Construction, Rob Rullo of Robell, Inc. and board member

Rullo of Robell, Inc. and board member Bill Risso. Fantasia said Risso “answered a lot of questions [and] everyone remarked it was a good planning session.”

Fantasia also sent a letter to the developer, Neighborhood for Affordable Housing, Inc. (NOAH), requesting that they cover inspections and other Title 5-related costs at the site at an hourly rate of $145 reflecting the board’s engineering time and overhead. NOAH agreed to the terms.

Medical Marijuana Subcommittee

BOH member Donna Margolies was nominated, accepted and sworn in as the BOH liaison for the newly formed Medical Marijuana Subcommittee.

Fines clarified

BOH Chair Jeffrey Brem noted he had met with Town Counsel Tom Harrington to follow up regarding their discussion of fines and fees. Specifically, Brem wanted to know how a fine collection would be processed. Harrington said that if a fine were assessed, the funds would go into the town’s General Fund. “It is not an income generator [for the BOH],” reported Brem.


BOH member Cathy Galligan noted that the budget situation has improved as the end of the fiscal year nears on June 30. Galligan reported the 53E-revolving account had slightly more than $11,000 and that fees for Title 5 septic system submissions, at $60 each, have been coming in steadily.

Old Home Day booth

Fantasia noted there would be representatives from three grants at the BOH Old Home Day booth: Frances Lu from the Boston University School of Public Health working on a Teen Worker Safety grant, consultant Terry Curran working on a Smoking Cessation grant, and a Lyme Disease Subcommittee representative.

389 River Road

Fantasia explained that all parties had signed the Certificate of Compliance for the septic system work for the guest house at 389 River Road, but she was waiting to receive the $500 fee assessed at the board’s last meeting. She noted that an invoice had been sent. ∆