Friday, November 16, 2001
Board of health shorts, November 6
Sleeper Room kitchen
Council on aging (COA) director Liz Jewell was at the November 6 board of health meeting to make an application for a food service license for the Sleeper Room kitchen at the elderly housing units on Church Street. Jewell responded to an October 29 letter from the board of health explaining the conditions that needed to be satisfied or waived. Jewell has enrolled in a certified food manager course given in Concord on November 20 and November 27. Board agent Linda Fantasia commented that the rules permit someone to be in training for a food manager.
The first item requires a thermometer to be available to measure the temperature of a hot chafing dish. Jewell plans to buy a thermometer.
The second item requires a three-compartment sink. Jewell proposed to use disposable dishes and sanitize the serving equipment with a spray as an alternative for manual washing. Tom Raftery, chairman of the elderly housing association board, said that he is still exploring the possibility of purchasing an industrial dishwasher.
Jewell needed a waiver on the next item a mop sink. She commented that the room is cleaned regularly by a cleaning crew, but there is no mop sink. Another variance is needed on a hand-washing facility.
The license was wrapped up with Jewell adding that the Sleeper Room has been serving meals for over 15 years and never had any problems.
106 Concord Street
Engineer Bernard Hamill of H-Star Engineering was at the meeting to explain the hazardous waste cleanup at 106 Concord Street. Hamill explained that his company did some testing on the site a couple of years ago and reported it to the board of health, as well as to the owner, Juergen Lemmermann. But H-Star is not licensed to perform the clean-up operations. To do that, the state requires a Licensed Site Professional (LSP). H-Star offered to assist the firm of Pine and Swallow, who are LSPs, and turned over all of the test results for their evaluation, but the process was delayed because of a disagreement that Lemmermann had with Pine and Swallow. Jeff Morse of H-Star now plans to meet with Pine and Swallow to show where H-Star had found the hazardous waste. Hamill now understands that Lemmermann and Pine and Swallow have a new contract.
Hamill tried to explain that the delay was caused by the site being under water and they couldn't sample soil, but board agent, Linda Fantasia, countered that the site was dry last fall. Hamill seemed to agree but didn't know the cause of the delay. Things are now happening, most likely as a result of a BOH-certified letter to Lemmermann requesting resolution.
264 Monroe Hill Road
Engineer Bernard Hamill of H-Star Engineering appeared to ask for a waiver on ground-water separation of three feet instead of the four feet required by the board of health. Though the replacement septic design could be done to meet Title 5 requirements, Hamill wanted to conserve resources by only using three feet of fill. He argued that almost all bacterial action would occur in the first two feet and that conforming to the four-foot requirement would use more fill and require removing more trees. Hamill claimed that the DEP was loosening its regulations for a brand new system.
Board of health consulting engineer Rob Frado said, "I don't think we can argue merits of the scientific benefit. It is really kind of a policy decision." Usually the waivers are granted for some overwhelming cost issue or because the additional fill will cause some drainage issues.
Board member Lisa Davis Lewis explained that all systems are over-designed but she was not equipped to judge in what areas to make that decision. Davis Lewis added, "Saving trees is a legitimate concern but that's not the mandate of the board of health." Board chairman Steve Opolski added that he didn't see any compelling reason to waive the regulation, and the board voted to deny Hamill's request.
12 Page Brook Road
Engineer David Schofield was back with a request for an additional waiver on the design of the 12 Page Brook Road system, which the board approved October 9. A careful engineering review shows that the design will place the edge of the leaching field 99.1 feet from the owner's well. Title 5 requires that a leaching field be 100 feet from a private well. Though it is only .9 feet, Opolski didn't like the precedent of having to approve an additional waiver without going through the formal public hearing and abutter notice procedure. "It's more of a procedural matter; we would grant the waiver in the spring," commented board member Martha Bedrosian.
But Schofield wanted to get the system completed before the deadline for septic system completions of November 30. Since this was a voluntary upgrade instead of an actual failure, Opolski did not feel the urgency. Reluctantly, the board granted the .9 foot waiver.
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