The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 11, 1999


BOH considers septic systems for two new developments

Board of health chair Steve Opolski began the June 1 meeting by welcoming newly elected member Laura Semrad. An oncology nurse at Mass. General, Semrad has gone on the record with her hopes to expand community awareness of health issues beyond septic systems. She may, however, find her contributions limited by the board's agenda.

With the significant increase in land values, increasing numbers of Carlisle properties are being subdivided or sold outright for development. The town's private wells, high groundwater, and conservation-minded populace have ensured that septic system approval remains a key in obtaining a building permit. The BOH's most recent agenda included discussion of two new developments in town: Hart Farm Estates off Curve Street and Buttrick's Lane off Concord Street.

The Hart Farm Estates project, with planned construction of 13 new houses, is just underway. The board considered a preliminary subdivision plan from the engineering firm, Stamski and McNary. Opolski explained to Semrad that the board will review each of the 13 lots individually. The board considers the placement of the well and septic system in relation to the house, the topography, and any applicable wetlands.

"We don't approve waivers for new construction," said Opolski. Semrad nodded agreement, indicating that policy will continue.

Nonetheless, four of the seven plans submitted for Buttrick's Lane, also by Stamski and McNary, would have required waivers. Rob Frado, the town's engineering consultant, had notified Stamski and McNary in advance of the issues with four plans, but the company still submitted them. The board reviewed the seven plans and, as expected, approved only three. Another six plans for the development are still pending, and the four rejected ones will undoubtedly be revised for a future meeting.

Bringing existing systems

into compliance

The board also reviewed four septic repair plans:

· The plans for 44 Bedford Road were approved with five waivers, a polyethylene barrier to protect wetlands required and a deed restriction prohibiting a garbage disposal.

· A repair at 316 Nowell Farme Road was approved without waivers or restrictions.

· The board rejected plans for 169 Church Street because issues raised by Frado had not been addressed.

· The board approved plans for 879 Concord Street which were revised to preserve some trees.

The board also reviewed three conditional Title 5 inspections:

· For 9-11 Lowell Street, the board verified that the system poses no danger to public health and safety;

· For 13-15 Lowell Street, the board verified that the system poses no danger to public health and safety;

· The board determined that the septic system at 846 Maple Street will require further evaluation.

About half way through this agenda, Semrad couldn't help but ask, "Are septic systems the only things you do?"

Small businesses

Upcoming agendas may expand to cover public water and small manufacturing issues due to the perseverance of agent Linda Fantasia. She noted health ramifications in two cases reviewed by the Carlisle Board of Appeals.

Carleton Road resident Lilian DeBenedictis recently received approval to expand enrollment at The Children's Place daycare center from 25 to 29 children. According to state law, the site would then qualify as a "public water system" which requires more stringent testing and performance guidelines, and thereby board of health involvement.

The small business application at 439 Stearns Street by Michael Baliestiero may also require board of health review. The work would involve upholstering and fabricating parts for specialty and antique cars. (Baliestiero's board of appeals hearing, posted for June 3, was postponed.)

Small business may give the Carlisle BOH something more than septic systems to talk about in the future.

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito