Friday, January 6, 2006
BOH prepares for the unexpected
With natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, fires, and tornados taking more than the usual amount of space in national news coverage, Carlisle residents should be relieved to know that the Carlisle Board of Health (BOH) has a plan in place to handle emergencies. As the first name on the list to receive a call from emergency dispatchers in case of a health issue, Linda Fantasia, the board's agent, always has her cell phone nearby.
The BOH reviewed the town's emergency preparedness at its last meeting in 2005 on December 13. If the board agent should be unreachable, the emergency dispatcher will call the board chairman, and then the board vice-chairman. The Corey Building at the Carlisle Public School will house displaced or quarantined individuals. If there is a huge medical emergency, the town plans to combine efforts with other towns.
"Emergency preparedness is taking me away from the office," says Fantasia. She must attend a monthly meeting and undergo regular and required training. As such, the BOH discussed the need to increase hours and the budget for the office assistant in the next year. The emergency preparedness plans are part of a state requirement that towns must meet by the summer of 2006.
As part of its regular agenda, the BOH:
· Reviewed the Banta-Davis Playing Fields Site Plan and issued a "no comment" as there are no water issues at this time.
· Approved two local variances involving wetland setbacks to a septic system replacement at 959 Concord Street, finding that changes would improve current non-compliance.
· Discussed the need to replace the town Animal Inspector after the resignation of Sally Lakness (who, by the way, conducted 84 barn inspections in 2005).
The BOH stopped work for the winter on incomplete septic installations on November 30. The sites included 588 Bedford Road, 190 Bingham Road, 328 Concord Street, 33 Nowell Farme Road, and Lot 2 on Maple Street. These systems are all usable now, and do not represent a health risk, so that project completion can wait until spring.
The upcoming schedule for the BOH includes meetings on the following Tuesdays: January 10, January 24, and February 7. The town's annual Health Fair will take place on April 9. All meetings will take place at Town Hall.
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