The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 5, 2001


Board of health approves Congregational Church expansion Revisits Sleeper Room closing

Kirk Ware, chairman of the board of trustees of the Congregational Church, appeared at the board of health on September 25, for the sixth time. Board of health consulting engineer Rob Frado has completed his review of the church expansion with no conditions. Chairman Steve Opolski asked if there would be "candy canes," those little hook-like plastic pipes in the field. Frado explained that they would not be needed because the system is downhill from the church. The board unanimously approved the design, which will enable a building permit and allow the church to start the bidding process.

Sleeper Room kitchen

"We want to revisit the topic; we do not feel that churches or elderly housing require the certified food service" said Opolski, in response to an editorial in the September 21 Mosquito. All that is needed is a simple license from the board which has no fee and identifies some person in charge. There is no need for a certified food manager for such uses. All the elderly housing people have to do is submit an application to the board.

80 Wildwood Drive

Owner Carol Cox and Engineer Ian Ruben appeared at the board of health meeting to discuss a waiver for a plot line distance to a septic leach field. (See "Repair of septic system becomes land-management nightmare" in the September 28 issue of the Mosquito, on the web at Cox owns the property at 80 Wildwood which is under contract for sale to the current tenants. The repaired septic system has been installed eight feet from the property line, whereas the law requires at least a ten-foot set-back.

In order to install the system a property swap was made between the owners of the adjacent property, also owned by Carol and Charles Cox, and the 80 Wildwood Drive property. The adjacent property is a 20 acre pork chop lot, with only the required minimum frontage of 40 feet, so it's not possible to swap another two feet from the adjacent property to satisfy the septic setback. The property would then only have 38 feet frontage and not meet town zoning requirements. The swap was complicated by the fact that the pork chop lot was in forestry Chapter 61 tax status. Opolski reminded the board and the applicants that when property comes out of Chapter 61 the owner is required to notify the board of health.

Opolski commented that the surveyor, Acton Surveying, had "screwed up" before with another property with tight boundaries. In a colorful discussion Ruben claimed it was not a mistake, and that nobody is gaining anything by digging up a new septic system.

Board member Lisa Davis Lewis stated that although this was a self-created hardship she didn't see any harm in granting a variance. Such a request would require a public hearing and there could be no guarantee that it would be granted. Owner Carol Cox is now left with the choice of either digging up the working system to remove the trenches that are too close to the property line or requesting a variance from the board.

19 Carleton Road

The board approved the repair design with a wetland setback of 39 feet from wetland boarder for the tank and pump chamber. The current system failed a voluntary Title 5 inspection when it turned up standing water near the distribution box.

8 Heald Road

Water test results for a title five inspection show some coliform readings. The owner had chlorinated the well, waited two weeks and tested the water again. This time the readings were fine. Davis Lewis commented that she had seen instances of this in the past. Fantasia explained that some tests are more sensitive than others, and this behavior was not unusual.

626 School Street

The board of health approved yet another innovative alternative system for septic repair. Engineer Russ Wilson explained the system was supplied by a company called Singulair. Wilson said that using this system would allow an offset of two feet from ground water instead of the four feet required by a conventional system. This in turn would reduce the amount of fill needed and not require a mound in the owner's yard.

"This is the first one I have seen" commented Rob Frado. Wilson explained that it was similar to the Fast and the Bioclear systems the board has approved before, but he felt it was a better performer. The system uses a two-compartment tank for pre-treatment within a biokinetic system.

Opolski asked if the pumps were noisy and Wilson replied that the Fast system was much noisier, but with the Singulair you can only hear a humming sound when the pumps are running.

Homeowner Susan Mills said that the system is used extensively in Rhode Island.

2001 The Carlisle Mosquito