The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 23, 2000


BOH confronts issues on Concord St. lot

On June 13, the board of health held a continued public hearing for the Karpeter family of 206 Concord Street. There were three issues on the table: the relocation of their well, remediation of miscellaneous debris on their property and discussion of design approaches for a new septic system.

The existing well is five feet from a neighbor's property and has to be relocated. To dig a new well, they need to "fix" the slope of the lot so that a well-digging machine can navigate to the new well location. An abutter stated that he would like to see the well as far from his property as possible so as not to impinge upon his future plans. There was no conclusion on the well issue.

A letter dated May 31 from the applicant's licensed site professional (LSP), Pine and Swallow Associates, Inc. (PSA), provides a scope of work for the assessment and removal of miscellaneous debris. According to H-Star Engineering, the property was formerly utilized as an automotive repair shop which was at least partially demolished approximately 30 years ago and bulldozed in the direction of the wetlands. Since hazardous materials are associated with some of the items found there, such as a gas tank, lawn mower, paint cans, PSA said "a potential release condition exists." They recommended that the applicant file a Notice of Intent with ConsCom, remove the debris and flag areas where debris assoicated with hazardous materials was found. A soil sampling plan will be developed.

When the house was sold last February, the seller, Joergen Lemmerman, agreed to repair the failed septic system. Engineer Bert Hammel of H-Star engineering appeared before the board of health on behalf of the seller and was prepared to offer a conventional design with a number of waivers. The new buyers, the Karpeters, want to rearrange some of the rooms and create a four-bedroom house. As an alternative to Hammel's design, they employed Julie Bonici, who is an engineer for alternative systems.

Board of health consulting engineer Rob Frado said, "I think it would be good to consider if an innovative alternative system would provide more (environmental) protection. This is a bad situation." Board chair Steve Opolski responded, "We've cut more corners than we've ever cut. It seems like we should at least investigate an alternative proposal." Even with a waiver for groundwater offset, the revised plan by Hammel shows that the break-out slope for the leaching field would lap the bottom shingles of the house.

A lengthy discussion ensued between Hammel and Bonici on the merits and shortcomings of innovative alternative systems. In conclusion, the board ended the public hearing and will initiate another hearing with notices to abutters when new designs are ready to present.

2000 The Carlisle Mosquito