The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 22, 2002


BOH grants license to Raggs

Stacey Abato, a representative for Raggs Septic Service, appeared at a continuation of a public hearing held by the Carlisle Board of Health (BOH) to apply for a license application. The owner of the business, Fred Fish, is in jail for dumping septic waste in the Concord sewer system, instead of in approved sites. Abato claimed that the business is now being run properly and it that it is unfair of Carlisle to continue to refuse Raggs a license. Board agent Linda Fantasia had checked with the Better Business Bureau, as well as other towns, and reported that there were no "smoking guns." There are eight towns which currently have licensed Raggs.

The board granted a license with the condition that the facility which handles the sewerage provide a quarterly confirmation of appropriate disposal.

Stable licensing and animal management

BOH member Martha Bedrosian reported on the subcommittee for animal management. Bedrosian wishes to narrow the current group of 20 to 22 volunteers down to a smaller number to get the regulations into shape for public review. Members raised issues of how to handle complaints, setback requirements, grandfathering of existing animals, limiting the number of animals, and handling of animals other than horses.

Chairman Steve Opolski suggested that the board review each stable license application until the rules become understood. Bedrosian said that state law prohibits a board of health from charging more than $40 for a license. Therefore, the animal management plan could not be reviewed by the board's consulting engineer as the fee is too low.

The subcommittee expects to meet once more before producing a final draft of the animal management regulations.

Water supply regulations

Tricia Smith and Mike Holland attended the board of health meeting to discuss water supply regulations. Smith, who serves on the center water committee was interested in broader testing of the town center. She was surprised that nitrates were not present in well tests of town center septic system. It is possible that in deep wells the effect of nitrate loading is not as great as was expected.

Holland said a greater potential danger is from runoff from chemical treatment of lawns with herbicides and insecticides. It is important that one get a tight seal on the well to avoid these surface effects.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito