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Friday, July 1, 2005


Shorts from the Board of Health, June 21

Cross Street development. Newly-elected members Kari Doucette, Mark Struss and Bill Risso, along with member Michael Holland and chair Martha Bedrosian, voted to recommend approval of Concord Crossing conservation cluster, 15 lots off Cross Street proposed by builder Bill Costello. The board's role, stipulated by the Massachusetts Subdivision Control Law, is to review the soil tests which dated from 1997 and forward their review to the Planning Board. Their review is a necessary part of the approval process but ultimate approval is the responsibility of the Planning Board. The Planning Board will continue review of this application for the 15-lot Conservation Cluster Special Permit at hearings in July.

Food permits. "Don't sell anything potentially hazardous" (such as cream-based pies) chairman Martha Bedrosian cautioned as the board granted temporary food permits for the Fire Department and the Carlisle Boy Scouts for the Old Home Day celebrations on June 25 and 26. No other groups had applied for the food permit.

Fiske Street. The board held preliminary discussions with John Ballantine of 268 Fiske Street on septic design. Ballantine is proposing two separate lots from an approximately ten-acre parcel and has applied to the Planning Board for a common drive permit to serve both lots. One of the lots contains an existing house. The new septic design is constricted by the location of the Tenneco gas line and wetlands. The preliminary design has a 77-foot offset from the wetlands instead of the required 100 feet and requires a variance. The board does not grant variances on new construction. The board asked Ballantine to consider a different system with a grinder pump and a possible manhole which may fit better into the site constraints.

Farmer's Market. Discussions were held with Annette Lee and Gail Constable on the proposed Carlisle Farmer's Market. The board took no position since no licensing is required. Linda Fantasia, health administrator, noted the Department of Public Health Food Code does not address farmers markets. Fantasia said the board would be concerned if the market involved eggs or prepared foods such as cheese. Constable and Lee had a display at Old Home Day but no other location, market dates or a vendor list exist at present. The board made Lee and Constable aware of the care needed in such products as preserves and the possibility of licensing at a future time. Constable told the board many states consider a farmer's market an adjunct function of a farm and require no licensing.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, farmers selling fresh fruit and vegetables are exempt from Board of Health licensing. Permits are necessary for processed food such as baked goods, candy, jams, etc. The Board of Health may exempt fresh eggs, honey and other agricultural products from permitting.

Brook Street.The board granted a variance for the septic replacement at 400 Brook Street to be less than 100 feet from the wetlands allowing an alternative technology replacement system. As the applicant had not yet been to the Conservation Commission for a determination of the wetlands, the board issued a blanket variance until the ConsCom's determination of the wetland boundary.

2005 The Carlisle Mosquito