The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 15, 2005


BOH looks at wells, septic for Coventry Woods

Mark O'Hagan of MCO & Associates, representing the Concord Street Coventry Woods 40B application, made an informal presentation before the Carlisle Board of Health on Thursday.

Located off Concord Street, Coventry Woods is a proposed 56-unit 40B application under the state's affordable housing regulation. Under the regulation, 14 units will be required to be affordable, which is priced at approximately $160,000 to $165,000. A single-access road from Concord Street will be provided to the attached units.

Members reviewed unofficial plans showing well and septic locations for the age-restricted attached units. No soil logs or test locations had been submitted to the board.

Rob Frado, Board of Health consulting engineer, commented on the percolation test sites: "Four out of 36 holes were dry. We may require a deeper hole here and there. Test holes weren't down to ten feet as required by Title 5."

O'Hagan described the preliminary design as a pressure-dose septic system based on individual systems sized with lower flows as appropriate for age-restricted housing.

O'Hagan outlined the application to the Department of Environmental Protection for approval of the well which will be considered a public water supply, and must comply with the state's stringent guidelines, including a 145-foot no-build radius. O'Hagan described the water service as "over capacity at this point." Member Michael Holland said, "Locally we want to see the calculations for storage [for the well]."

Chair Martha Bedrosian cited neighborhood concerns about the water supply and asked O'Hagan if he had any concerns. O'Hagan replied, "I don't have a whole lot of concerns. In the overall scheme, it is not a lot of water."

Shorts from the BOH

Wastewater construction permit. The Board of Health granted a construction permit for the leaching field for the school's wastewater treatment plant. The original permit was granted last June and revised to reflect the change of location of the leaching field. The permit carries all the conditions granted last June.

Public health emergency plan required. In response to state requirements, the Board of Health voted to authorize a Public Health Emergency Management Subcommittee to prepare an emergency plan for Carlisle. The state is requiring all communities to prepare a plan by August 31.

Linda Fantasia, BOH agent, stated, "Our region has hired a public health nurse. We will need to tweak the plan for Carlisle." The Board of Health is seeking three to four individuals with a medical or public health background to help prepare the plan. Subcommittee members will develop a plan that may include a medical roster, identification of medical professionals and equipment needed. Interested individuals can contact Linda Fantasia at the Board of Health.

190 Bingham Road. The Board of Health approved the septic system replacement for 190 Bingham Road.

2005 The Carlisle Mosquito