Friday, June 1, 2007
Board of Health shorts, May 22
· Reorganization. Reorganizing after the Town Election, the Board of Health elected Jeffrey Brem as chair, Leslie Cahill as vice chair, and Bill Risso as clerk. Their first vote was to formally thank prior chair Martha Bedrosian for her years of service.
· Goals. Several goals were discussed for the coming year, including reviewing well regulations, particularly large wells, and closer coordination with other boards.
· 75 West Street Lots 2A, 3A. At a prior meeting (see "Shorts from the Board of Health meeting of April 24," Mosquito, May 4, 2007) the board denied approval of the septic system plan for Lot 3A. The applicant's engineer, Stamski and McNary, requested an informal discussion on the decision. Engineer Rich Harrington presented plot plans, intended to be presented to the Planning Board as an ANR plan (approval not required), showing new lot lines. With plan details and a rapid-fire presentation, Harrington contended that retaining the existing leaching area that now serves 75 West Street, moving lot lines so that it will serve a new lot (and a proposed new house), installing a new septic tank and a new distribution box does not constitute "new construction" as regards Title 5 compliance. The board was not persuaded.
· 62 Lowell Street (Klein). The board approved the septic system replacement with waivers for deep hole testing, setback to foundation, and setback to onsite well. The board's consulting engineer, Rob Frado, summarized test results and gave his assessment of soils in the area of the proposed replacement.
· Beavers at 345 Russell Street. The board approved an "emergency permit" to allow the Docktermans to have Beaver Solutions lower the water level by installing an additional by-pass pipe at the dam site pending approval by the Conservation Commission.
· Ferns Country Store. Larry Bearfield requested and received a six-month Food Establishment Permit extension for Ferns. Bearfield stated that only spring water is used for all food preparation activities, and he plans to schedule a well-water test prior to the next board meeting as a follow-up on a prior test that had indicated low levels of bacteria.
· Summer intern. Agent Linda Fantasia introduced the summer intern, Mary Kate Martelon. Martelon is a Boston University graduate student in epidemiology with a degree in Public Health from George Washington University. Her internship is funded by a grant from the Department of Public Health and she is scheduled for about 15 hours per week between June 5 and August 10. Fantasia and Cahill will work with her to structure responsibilities and choose projects. Fantasia later said the internship might include assisting with emergency planning, with investigating the feasibility of expanding flu clinic services, or with establishing neighborhood networks for residents to help each other during emergencies.
Hazardous Waste Collection
Fantasia reported that the recent Hazardous Waste Collection event at the Transfer Station was successful and "one of the largest in recent history" with at least 130 cars participating.
The company Clean Harbors is hired to collect and dispose of the hazardous waste. They charge the town a $700 set-up fee, and $48 per full car, where a "full car" is defined as up to 25 pounds or 25 gallons of hazardous waste. The cost for a "half car" (up to ten pounds or ten gallons) is $28. The cost of the event was $5,564.
Shorts from the ConsCom, May 24
· Greystone Crossing filing reconfigured. Developer William Costello and Stamski and McNary Engineer George Dimakarakos returned to the commission with a request that the infrastructure specifications affecting two of the 15 lots in the Greystone Crossing Conservation Cluster off Cross Street be reconfigured to reflect Planning Board changes. Original plans called for two driveways to access those lots but, following a Scenic Roads hearing, that board asked that the two features be combined into a single common drive. Assured that the new plan would involve less impact on the wetland buffer zone and that the flags marking the wetland boundaries were still accurate, the new configuration was accepted and the hearing closed
· Mowing contract agreed upon. The commission and long-time mower Jack O'Connor agreed on a $65 per hour tab for this season's mowing at Towle Field and the back field on the Town's Benfield Land. Total charges for a probable two cuttings at each site were not to exceed $2,100 for Towle and $1,000 for Benfield.
Shorts from the Selectmen, May 22
· Reorganization. Tim Hult assumed the chair position for the coming year. He thanked outgoing chair Doug Stevenson, who had served for two years, for his "great enthusiasm," progress in affordable housing and financial planning, and "concern for employees." Stevenson responded, "It was my pleasure, most of the time."
· Town Center facilities. Larry Bearfield, store owner, appeared to update the Selectmen on the cost of portable toilets at Ferns. He noted a private citizen paid for them last year and "the response was very enthusiastic." That source of funds is no longer available. On a typical weekend, 30 to 40 visitors to Ferns ask for facilities, but due to septic system limitations on Ferns' lot, the store cannot add bathrooms. Many are referred to the library or Great Brook Farm State Park.
Tim Hult noted, "I think this is important . . . I don't think they always go to Great Brook or the library" but instead use the bushes. Alan Carpenito agreed: "This isn't out in the woods, it's in people's back yards. It's inappropriate to have a citizen walking by on a Saturday morning and be surprised." Bearfield noted a few bicycle clubs will donate some money and a lock box could also solicit donations. He had found some rental companies that would provide the service for $106 per month. He agreed to put up the money to get toilets in place immediately with some reimbursement expected if the town can find a way to fund them.
· CPA funding to drop. Tim Hult noted the state is unlikely to continue funding the Community Preservation Act at the 100% matching level. Land transfer fees have decreased and 111 towns now have passed the act versus 102 last year. The current state fund contains $52 million.
· Appreciation. The Selectmen accepted Cindy Nock's letter stating she will not volunteer for another term on the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). Said Hult, "I would like to offer my appreciation [to Nock] for presiding over one of the most difficult processes [the Coventry Woods 40B] in my time in Carlisle." Williams added, "I appreciate the difficult work Cindy has done and her many many years of work for the town." Stevenson noted her letter encourages other volunteers. "One way to connect to the community is through town government," he said, adding, "There are some less time-consuming and challenging [jobs] than the ZBA."
· Extra meetings. In addition to the regular schedule of Selectmen's meetings, there will be a meeting of the Housing Trust at John Williams' house, 104 Hart Farm Road, on June 14 at 7 p.m. to review the Housing Summit and develop some action items. July 10 will be an off-site strategy session to review FY08 goals, and on August 14 the ZBA will be invited to review Coventry Woods and its lessons for the future.
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